Assignments 8.27


T 8.27    F 70 mins.

“Race” and Racism

Jefferson, Jefferson Notes on the State of Virginia

Benjamin Banneker’s Letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 19, 1791.

The Ideology of Race

Orlando Patterson, The Secret of Jamaica’s Runners

HW: “Racial Difference” and Modern Medicine

The Politics of 2019 and the Politics of Slavery

W 8.28    A 55 mins.

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

HW: Please read this article in two sections on the Middle Passage. Captive Passage--Middle Passage I and Captive Passage--Middle Passage II

F 8.30    C 55 mins.

The Atlantic Slave Trade

T 9.3       D 55 mins.

The Atlantic Slave Trade

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes

The Slave Ship


Map 1: What were the main arteries of the slave trade? What regions did slaves come from and where did they end up?

Map 6: What regions or countries led the way in the number of slave voyages? Make a list.

Maps 7 and 8: What regions of Africa accounted for the most slave captives? What were the main disembarkation points in the Americas? Make a list.

Map 9 and Map of the Atlantic Trade: What can we learn about the slave trade from these two maps?

Citation for Captive Passage:

    Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002).

HW: Please read Robert Hayden, “Middle Passage” and Olaudah Equiano on the Middle Passage

W 9.4    A   55 mins.

The Middle Passage

Alexander Falconbridge on the Middle Passage

HW: Philip Morgan, “Life in the New World.”

”Life in the New World,” II

F 9.6    C 55 mins.

New World Slavery

In your group, please create a 3 or 4 slide presentation that summarizes your assigned section of “Life in the New World.” Please include a title slide. The title should be original and not the title of your assigned section. Also include illustrations for each slide. In choosing your illustrations, use the article as a model but do not replicate illustrations you see in the article.

HW: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Chapters I and II.

M 9.9    D 55 mins.

Douglass’s Slave Narrative

HW: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Chapters VI and VII.

W 9.11    F 70 mins.


Steal Away

Joshua Fit the Battle

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Douglass’s Slave Narrative

HW: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Chapters IX and X. Stop at page 78.

Th 9.12    A 55 mins.

Who Really Ran the Underground Railroad?

Sample Ad

Runaway Slave Ads

Chart for Slave Ads

Guiding questions

HW: Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Childhood, The New Master and Mistress, and The Trials of Girlhood.

M 9.16    C 55 mins.

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harkness Discussion Rules and Rubric

HW: Jacobs, A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life, Free at Last

T 9.17    D 55 mins.

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

HW: Robert Hayden, “Runagate Runagate”

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

W 9.18    A 55 mins.

Essay on Slavery.

Our unit on slavery has addressed the origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Middle Passage, the growth of slavery in British North America and the United States, and the conditions of slavery in the America’s. We have read several slave narratives that explore  various aspects of the institution. It’s time to put this knowledge to the test and assess its meaning for ourselves.

The essay you write will be your statement on the meaning of this history. Three to four pages (750-1000 words) double spaced with citations. Footnotes do not count as text. Five scholarly sources are required, two of which may be material that we have read in class. Use JSTOR for scholarly articles and the Ebook Central for scholarly books. Papers that do not meet these minimum requirements will receive a 0.

Please use Chicago Style citation format for footnotes or endnotes. No bibliography is required. Please include a cover page with a title. Use the model in the sample paper linked below. A complete draft is due 9.26 at 8:15am, final draft due 9.30 at 8:15am. All drafts must pass through Turnitin. If you do not submit a complete draft, your grade on the final paper will be penalized a full letter grade.

Chicago Style Sample Paper

M 9.30        A 55 mins.


HW: Please read James McPherson’s review of “Glory” and Foster, Review of Ft. Pillow Massacre