Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer and abolitionist who recounted his time as a slave in his autobiography and quickly rose to prominence as a leader in the abolitionist movement. Coupled with this reading is “Harrison Bergeron,” a short story by Kurt Vonnegut chronicling the dangers of an attempt to create a perfectly equal society.
There will be a school-wide reading test in September which will focus on your basic comprehension of the texts. Not only is passing the test a requirement for graduation, but the test averages for each house comprise 10% of each house’s final Interregnum score. This 2016-2017 school year, first year students are not required to take the reading test.
As a reminder, the readings are a foundation for our discussion this year. Interregnum takes a concept and creates a conversation. Consider these questions while exploring your own perspective on Equality: In what sense is equality a natural condition? In what sense is it a goal to be achieved by human action? To what degree does being equal require being the same? How has our modern love of equality influenced, for better and for worse, the family, the arts, the church, politics, and work life?
Here are the book and the short story in PDF format: