Ernest Laeenby Apply: Slavery Hyperdoc (Passage) “Hundreds of Negroes were hurrying to and fro through the streets, these were chiefly laborers, decently dressed and employed either as draymen or porters. They looked happier than laborers in England. . .” Source : John Benwell, an English visitor, describes African Americans on the streets of New York City in an account of his travels published in 1857. Question 1 : Explain why a historian might not think this passage alone provides enough evidence to draw conclusions about the working conditions of African Americans in New York City at the time. Answer: Because it’s describing how their physical appearances are and that they are happy. Question 2 : Thinking about what you have already read and viewed, explain if John Benwell has enough evidence to draw conclusions about what conditions were like for all African Americans in America. Cite one piece of “textual” evidence and explain HOW it supports your response. Answer:I think John Benwell doesn’t have enough evidence to draw conclusion about the working conditions
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- Fall '19
- American Civil War, Washington, D.C., Southern United States