Forms and Facts

“I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” – Frederick Douglass A slave in form versus a slave in fact. These two terms seem so similar, yet in Frederick Douglass’ life had extremely different meanings. Douglass explores…

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an American slave turned abolitionist leader during the 1800s. He is famous for his autobiography that details his life as a slave as well as his personal feelings towards freedom. His philosophy of life was constantly molded by the oppression and inhumanity he experienced. Douglass was able to see the tactics of…

Grass

“The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature…every the winds blow; ever the grass grows.”     -Emerson Both Emerson and Whitman believe that all things good come from nature. In Whitman’s poem, “Leaves of Grass,” he talks about how he feels most free…

Save the Bees

If you haven’t read Sue Monk Kid’s”The Secret Life of Bees”, then you most certainly should. This coming of age novel depicts a sassy and curious protagonist, Lily Owens, who breaks her caretaker out of jail, escapes to South Carolina, and becomes a master beekeeper. She does this all while she is 14 years old…