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Unformatted text preview: was doing much better before the slave trade. Letter from a Former Slave- pg 341 1.) Governor James Buchanan told Malinda she must pay for all her provisions. 2.) According to Malinda, sweet potatoes cost one dollar/bushel. 3.) Malinda’s letter doesn’t use correct grammar or spelling, and this reflects that she didn’t have a formal education as a slave. 4.) Former slaves would be happy to have been sent to Liberia because they were finally free and they were back to where they (or their ancestors) had come from. They would be unhappy with Liberia for a number of reasons. For one, most would have been born in the United States, so even though Liberia was supposed to be their “home” it wasn’t really. They were taken from the only place that they knew of and were expected to live on their own without any money or jobs....
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2009 for the course HST 101 taught by Professor Pettegrew during the Winter '08 term at Grand Valley State.
- Winter '08