How to Read a Slave Narrative by William L. Andrews

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How to Read a Slave Narrative by William L. Andrews

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Before reading on, consider whether or not you have read any slave narratives in the past? If so, what were they? 
The Middle Passage refers to the forced voyage of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. Ships departed Europe for African markets with manufactured goods, which were traded for purchased or kidnapped Africans, who were transported across the Atlantic as slaves; the slaves were then sold or traded for raw materials, which would be transported back to Europe to complete the voyage. You can learn more about the Middle Passage from the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Chattel slavery, also called traditional slavery, is so named because people are treated as the personal property (chattel) of an owner and are bought and sold as if they were commodities. It is the original form of slavery. 
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What is Nat Turner famous for? 
Antebellum means "occurring in the southern U.S. during the time before the American Civil War." 
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Please write the definition of the word indigenous below, and then explain what Theodore Parker meant when he claimed that slave narratives qualified as the only indigenous literary form that America had contributed to world literature. 
Please pause and take a moment to consider how important reading and writing was (and still is). Because the written word is one of the oldest vehicles through which stories of injustice and history are passed on, it is essential that people know how to read and write. Before audio and video recordings, writing was the way people recorded what they experienced. One of the lessons we learn from the slave narratives of this time is about the importance of literacy.  
Why do you think Frederick Douglass's Narrative was so popular?  
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The main subject of the highlighted paragraph is 
"12 Years a Slave" was made into a major motion picture in 2013. You can see a preview below.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does the word abolition mean?  
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In your own words, what does the title page of a slave narrative tell the reader? 
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In your own words, what is the significance of the prefaces and introductions found in many slave narratives? 
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What does this metaphor mean? (You may need to read the entire paragraph to understand the meaning of this sentence.) 
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What is the difference between the institution of slavery and the consciousness of the individual slave? 
Keep in mind that one of the things that made former slaves turned author's "fortunate" was that they survived. 
Keep in mind that one of the things that made former slaves turned author's "fortunate" was that they survived. 
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Please name and explain THREE characteristics shared by slave narratives mentioned in the latter part of this essay.