HIST 105 Discussion week 5

HIST 105 Discussion week 5 - 1 Who was Equiano 2 Where was...

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HIST105 Discussion objectives for Week #5 (September 24-30 th ). Reading assignment: Be prepared to discuss the biography of Olaudah Equiano in the Human Tradition book and the extracts from his narrative on e-reserve (entitled “Life of Equiano”). Instructions: As you read the assignment, answer each of these questions in your own words. This will aid your participation in the class discussion. Your answers are due at the time of class discussion, and you will receive ten points for completing them. They will not be closely graded; it is more of an issue of completing the assignment. However, do not submit others’ answers as your own work, as that is considered cheating. You may either handwrite or type your answers; include the questions above each of your answers. Be sure to keep a separate copy for your notes, as it will be helpful as you prepare for the exam, and the assignments you hand in will not be returned.
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Unformatted text preview: 1. Who was Equiano? 2. Where was he from and how did he become a slave? 3. What was his life like before becoming a slave? 4. What was the Middle Passage like for Equiano? 5. In what country and who first published his life account? 6. Recent historical investigations have called into question whether or not Equiano’s narrative is genuine, pointing to credible evidence that he was probably born in the Carolinas to slave parents and never lived in Africa. These scholars assert that his “supposed” life narrative is probably an assimilation of stories he heard from other slaves and other free Africans during his life and travels. How does this alter your view of the account? Does it matter if the experiences were actually Equiano’s or if they were merely compiled by him? Does an historical account have to live up to expectations of authenticity for it to still have important meaning?...
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