Identify each statement about the Taylor source as either true or false.
The goal of this passage reflects Taylor’s intent to inspire all African Americans to
learn to read and write in the early twentieth century.
Taylor’s vivid firsthand description of writing curfew passes for African Americans
in Savannah is an excellent account of the African American experience at the
onset of the Civil War.
Taylor’s account of her firsthand experiences provide excellent evidence of the
white perspective on race relations during the 1860s.
As an autobiographical text, Susie King Taylor’s narrative provides a subjective account of her
experiences up to and during the Civil War. Taylor is rare among chroniclers of the war because she is
able to provide firsthand knowledge of the African American experience during the mid-nineteenth
century in the South. She received an education and learned to read and write. This enabled her to
navigate the rigid social structures that existed between whites and African Americans and allowed her
to craft this narrative in her own voice. While its contents offer only a subjective appraisal of the
events discussed within, “Reminiscences of My Life in Camp” remains an important primary source for
any study of the social history of African American women during the Civil War.
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What did Taylor and her schoolmates do to be certain their educational endeavors remained secret?
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