African American Literature

After reading David Walker’s Appeal in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, read Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia (This is the link, but you may want to open it in a separate window: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/3h490t.html). 1. How persuasive do you find Walker’s contentions about Jefferson as “one of the great characters as ever lived among whites”? 2. Do you read this judgment as contradictory to other conclusions Walker reaches about Jefferson? Why or why not? 3. Can Walker’s Appeal rightly be said to argue for what we currently identify as affirmative action? Why or why not? 4. Do you feel that Walker’s stance on interracial marriage contradicts the overall argu Complete the following questions first (with the 400-word minimum), then read and comment on your classmates’ responses. Check Web links for related materials. http://teachersinstitute.yale.edu/curriculum/units/1993/2/93.02.08.x.html http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/freedom/1865-1917/essays/trickster.htm Just as the lore of the Judeo-Christian Bible inspired the antebellum spirituals, it has also inspired many African American folktales from the beginning of black history in the United States. Trace the biblical origins of the tales that seemed to revise Christian ideas. You might need to do some research. What moral codes do these black folktales generally assert?

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