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Edward P. Jones

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the-known-world-edward-p-jones_V6Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Virginia, Understanding Edward P. Jones by James W. Coleman Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Henry Townsend, Chapter 4ain’t done nothing that any white man wouldn’t do. I ain’t broke no law.Augustuss Walking SticksStand for opposing aspects of freedom achieved and freedom deniedTessies DollSymbolizes the lingering effects of slavery long after it is overMaps of The Known World”Represent the insular world of slavery and the secret paths to freedomSymbolsHenry Townsends first slave and overseer; desires the role of master when Henry diesMosesCarpenter by trade; freed slave and secret abolitionist; buys his sons and wifes freedomAugustus TownsendMost powerful slave master in Manchester County; frees and mentors Henry Townsend William RobbinsAmbitious, intelligent freed slave turned slave master; son of Augustus TownsendHenry TownsendMain CharactersWhile in college, Edward P. Jones learned of black slaveowners in the antebellum South. This troubling notion inspired him to explore slaverys origins in his Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, The Known World. Removing race from the equation, he exposes slavery as a toxic outgrowth of mans inhumanity to man.EDWARD P. JONESBORN 1950AuthorNo one, slave or master, lives authentically free under conditions of slavery.FreedomConflicts arise when desire crosses fixed lines between master and slave.Ownership & LoveSlavery is a social construct that breeds shared inhumanity and injustice.Slavery as a Social SystemSet in antebellum Virginia, The Known World explores slaverys toxic impact on the human heart and society through the story of former slave Henry Townsend. When Townsend purchases his own slaves, he becomes mired in the institution of slavery and experiences its corrupting effect.The Human Heart of SlaveryTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language2003Year PublishedEdward P. JonesAuthorThe Known WorldHistorical FictionNovel

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