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Module 1: Primary Source Analysis 1) Why did Frederick Douglass believe that black suffrage was an immediate necessity? Black suffrage was an immediate necessity. Centuries had passed and blacks were still not allowed to vote. These people had been abused and labeled as inferiors, barriers were set to try to keep it that way. If they passed up the opportunity now, the next opportunity would not come for centuries. Douglass called out the narrow-minded for justifying a wrong with another wrong. Saying women were also not allowed to vote was not a good defense, in fact, he also stood up for women’s right to vote as well. 2) How did Douglass address the assertion by some that blacks were inferior? Douglass addressed the assertion by some that blacks were inferior, with some humor “we walk about you like dwarfs among giants.” He also pointed out how six centuries ago blue-eyed and fair-haired were considered inferior, but now doing well. He encouraged these people who were once considered inferior as well, to help them rise up as they did. This label of inferiority was an

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