Read the following pro- and anti-slavery documents
George Fitzhugh Advocates Slavery
Disease and Peculiarities of the Negro Race
James Henry Hammond Advocates Slavery
David Walker’s Appeal
Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
The American Anti-Slavery Society: Declaration of Sentiments
Consider these questions as you read through the above sources (ALL of these questions need to be addressed in your essay):
How do these authors justify slavery?According to these authors, what place do slaves have in society?What derisive stereotypes of African Americans are found in these proslavery documents?
Why do they believe slavery needs to be abolished?What specific criticisms do they have about American society?How do these authors view African Americans (in contrast to the stereotypes offered by proslavery authors)? How do the authors view African Americans place in society?
Your essay should be a minimum of 2 pages, and you should spend AT LEAST one page discussing EACH position (one page discussing the proslavery perspective and one page discussing the abolitionist perspective). Remember, two pages is the minimum, and minimum essays normally score a C. If you want a higher grade, plan to be comprehensive in your coverage of the readings (there is no maximum page limit). Your answer should reflect the main points from each assigned reading, and ALL of the above readings should be addressed in your essay. Use examples from the readings to illustrate your main points.
Be sure to proof your essay before submitting it as errors in grammar and spelling will lead to a deduction in points. Use quotations when using the exact wording from the reading and cite the reading at the end of the sentence [ex: if you quoted from the Walker reading, simply put (Walker) at the end of the reading – this lets me know which reading the quote is taken from]. As per the instructions in the syllabus, most of the essay should be in your own words and include your own analysis of the readings. I would encourage you to re-read the section in the syllabus that addresses expectations for essays.
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