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Identify each statement about the Taylor source as either true or false. Statement True 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. Explanation: 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. Points: 1 / 1 Close Explanation
What did Taylor and her schoolmates do to be certain their educational endeavors remained secret? Points: 1 / 1 Close Explanation
False True Points: 1 / 1 Close Explanation Explanation: Taylor used her writing skills to draft the necessary passes required for all African Americans, whether free or enslaved, to be out between the hours of 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM in Savannah, Georgia. She describes the curfew in paragraphs four through six, where she notes that those without the pass might either be held in the guardhouse until morning or simply told to move along during this period. Taylor’s appraisal of the situation suggests that a number of watchmen flouted the law by allowing some African Americans to violate it, providing crucial insight into the social discourse between whites and African Americans that sometimes occurred during this time.

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