Historical Explorations of Literature: American Slavery: A Historical Exploration of Literature

Editor/Author Felgar, Robert
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Greenwood

Single-User Purchase Price: $58.00
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ISBN: 978-1-61-069647-0
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 20
Book Status: Available
Table of Contents

Aligned with the ELA Common Core Standards, the title supports history teachers with insights into classic literary works, and it enhances the English curriculum with rich elaborations of relevant historical context.

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Table of Contents

  • I Introduction
  • II Chronology
  • III Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845)
  • Historical Background
  • About Frederick Douglass
  • Historical Explorations: Overseers
  • From Frederick Douglass, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1892)
  • From Frederick Law Olmsted, The Cotton Kingdom (1861)
  • From Two Letters from The Farmers’ Register
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Historical Explorations: Nineteenth-Century American Schoolbooks
  • From The Columbian Orator, “Dialogue between a Master and Slave” (1797)
  • From “A Discourse Delivered before the New York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves” April 12, 1797, by Rev. Samuel Miller
  • From “Part of Mr. O'Connor's Speech in the Irish House of Commons, in Favor of the Bill for Emancipating the Roman Catholics, 1795,” The Columbian Orator
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Areas for Research
  • Why We Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Today
  • IV Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
  • Historical Background
  • About Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Historical Explorations: Slave Auctions
  • From Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave (1853)
  • From Henry Bibb, Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave (1849)
  • From Sojourner Truth, Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave (1850)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Historical Explorations: Underground Railroad
  • From Levi Coffin, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin (1880)
  • From William Still, The Underground Railroad (1872)
  • From Josiah Henson, The Life of Josiah Henson (1849)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Areas for Research
  • Why We Read Uncle Tom's Cabin Today
  • V Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
  • Historical Background
  • About Harriet Jacobs
  • Historical Explorations: Nat Turner's Rebellion
  • From Thomas R. Gray, The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831)
  • Two Articles from North Carolina—Reporting on Nat Turner: Raleigh Register, Sept. 1, 1831
  • Reporting on Nat Turner: North Carolina Star, Sept. 1, 1831
  • From Thomas Wentworth Higginson, “Nat Turner's Insurrection,” The Atlantic (1861)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Historical Explorations: The Fugitive Slave Law (1850)
  • The Fugitive Slave Act, September 18, 1850
  • From Ralph Waldo Emerson's Speech on the Fugitive Slave Law (1851)
  • From Frederick Douglass's Speech on the Fugitive Slave Law (1852)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Historical Explorations: Nineteenth-Century Views of Slavery
  • From Angela Emily Grimké, An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836)
  • From Lydia Maria Child, An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1836)
  • From John C. Calhoun, “Slavery a Positive Good” (1837)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Areas for Research
  • Why We Read Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Today
  • VI Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
  • Historical Background
  • About Mark Twain
  • Historical Explorations: Abolition
  • From William Lloyd Garrison, “To the Public” (1831)
  • From Henry Highland Garnet, “An Address to the Slaves of the United States” (1843)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Historical Explorations: Slavery and Christianity
  • From James Henley Thornwell, “A Southern Christian View of Slavery” (1861)
  • From Richard Furman, “Exposition of the Views of the Baptists Relative to the Coloured [sic] Population of the United States” (1822)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Areas for Research
  • Why We Read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Today