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FROM-- SET SEVEN, CIVIL WAR STUDIES
Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Advisor to the President-- Task #2-- Frederick Douglass—First Black Man to Visit the President in the White House, and the First to be an Advisor to a President
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TASK #2-- Read about When Frederick Douglass First Met President Abraham Lincoln
2nd-- READ: ARTICLE #3--FREDERICK DOUGLASS ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT " THE BLACK MAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE" From Frederick Douglass Autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom 1855 CHAPTER XI SECESSION AND WAR, pages 350-355 (an excerpt from an article An Unusual Friendship - Lincoln & Frederick Douglass by William Connery)
3rd-- After reading the articles, answer these questions:
1. Why was Frederick Douglass nervous about entering the White House to meet the President? Describe he history between the two men.
2. What happened to Douglass when he approached the front door of the White House? Was he welcomed and admitted quickly?
3. What were the complaints that Douglass had for the President?
4. Did Douglass get to speak to any of Lincoln's cabinet members?
5. What was the final result of this historic meeting?
6. What other historic firsts were accomplished by Douglass concerning Presidential business?
A List of the Frederick Douglass Activity Tasks