Week 3

T-read first, Daina Ramey Berry, “Adolescence, Young Adulthood, and Soul Values”in The Price For Their Pound of Flesh.

Documents: Excerpt_of_Thomas_Jefferson_s_Notes_on_the_State_of_Virginia; (1781-3); A_LETTER_FROM_BENJAMIN_BANNEKER (1791).

R-Narrative of the Life of Frederick_Douglass_383-415 and Harriet Jacobs, Narratives_Incidents_of_a_Slave_Girl_470-487; Camp_The Pleasures of Resistance; Watch: Whitney Plantation Slavery Museum.

Prompts for Camp’s “The Pleasures of Resistance”

1. So what is the “rival geography”? What is its significance for understanding slave resistance, particularly black slave women’s resistance?

2. Considering historian Camp’s conceptualization of “three bodies,” how might this be important to understanding the slavery? How might you compare to Douglas’s assessment of slave celebrations during Christmas and New Years (395-98)?

3. What is significant about black women slaves’ adornment? Consider, for example, their re-appropriating their mistresses clothing or creating and fashioning their own style from material on the farm or slave plantation?

4. What was the Savannah River Anti-Slave Traffick Association? Why was it significant and what does it tell us about slavery, slaves, and slave masters? (see pages 569-72)