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Discussion Board 1

Directions:Read the document linked here: George Washington Concludes the Crisis Has Arrived.pdf and, in around 150 words, answer ONE of the following questions. You are encouraged to respond to other students’ comments, too.

Read the document only; do not answer any of the “Questions for Reading and Discussion” at the end of the printed document.

In around 150 words, answer ONE of the following questions.

1) Why did Washington believe that the crisis had arrived? What did he mean by declaring that “the cause of Boston . . . . is and ever will be considered the cause of America”?

2) Washington argued in his letter that the colonists “must assert our rights” or else become “as tame as abject slaves, as the blacks we rule over with such arbitrary sway.” To what extent did Washington’s experiences as a slaveholder impel him toward the rebellion rather than restrain him from joining it?

Discussion Board 2

Directions: Read in The American Past: Document 8-2 Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of VA and, in around 150 words, answer ONE of the following questions. You are encouraged to respond to other students’ comments, too. Read the document only; do not answer any of the “Questions for Reading and Discussion” at the end of the document.

In around 150 words, answer ONE of the following questions.

1) According to Jefferson, what were the differences between the races? Why did he conclude that “It is not their [blacks’] condition, then, but nature, which has produced the distinction”? Did Jefferson believe that blacks were inferior?

2) Did Jefferson believe that slavery was wrong? Why did he say, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just”? How did he fear slavery would end? How did his hopes for the end of slavery differ from his fears?

Discussion Board 3: Equiano’s People

Directions: In at least 150 words, describe what Equiano‘s village of Igbo people were like. Describe whatever areas of their life you find most important or interesting in such areas as economics, religion, arts, etc. Given that he was an activist seeking to end England’s involvement in the world Slave Trade when he wrote this, how may that have influenced how he wished to portray Africans to Englishmen?

Discussion Board 4

Directions: After having chosen which question you will answer on the upcoming Essay Assignment and having studied the relevant information given by Equiano in his Narrative, clearly state your “answer” or conclusions about the question in at least 150 words. Identify by letter which question you are answering (A, B, C, D or E), then in a paragraph or two, state and explain your main thesis or theses on the question topic.

A) Despite its oppressiveness everywhere, significantly different types of slavery and conditions for slaves existed in the 18th-century Atlantic world. Using Equiano’s experiences and information from his writing, write an essay describing some of the varieties of slavery and circumstances of slaves that he witnessed or experienced. In your opinion, where or what type of slave was it better or worse to be then?

B) During his time as a slave, Equiano experienced great change and improvement in his economic condition and social status. What were the causes and circumstances that allowed him, while still a slave, to start rising in the world, accumulate money, and eventually obtain his freedom?

C) The name “Olaudah” implies good fortune, and Equiano considered himself “a particular favorite of heaven.” In what ways was he fortunate? Do you consider him lucky? Why or why not?

D) How was acquiring literacy and education crucial to Equiano’s life?

E) How does Equiano define himself by the time he is writing his book? Is he African? European? How would you most define or identify him as? Why?