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Influential American Civil War Writers Flashcards

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Slave Narrative: Purposes
These narratives could be created for many purposes. Some used them politically while others wanted to use them to make their story heard.
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Sojourner Truth
A woman writer who created a slave narrative.
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Frederick Douglass
A writer whose slave narrative is considered to be archetypical of the genre. In 1845 he wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.
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Olaudah Equiano
He wrote the first slave narrative in 1789. He titled his book Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself.
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Middle Passage
This refers to the route used by slavers to transport slaves across the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas.
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Slave Narrative
This literary genre was written by African slaves who were in America from around the middle of the 1700s to the late 1800s. Literature in this genre recorded the lives of slaves.
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Flashcard Content Overview

These flashcards can serve as study aids to help you review the slave narrative genre. You can consider some of the major authors in this genre, including Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. This set of flashcards also provides an excellent opportunity to focus on the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. You'll be able to consider important characters in the novel, such as the Shelbys, Eliza Harris and Tom Loker. The novel's conclusion will also be discussed by this set.

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Slave Narrative
This literary genre was written by African slaves who were in America from around the middle of the 1700s to the late 1800s. Literature in this genre recorded the lives of slaves.
Middle Passage
This refers to the route used by slavers to transport slaves across the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas.
Olaudah Equiano
He wrote the first slave narrative in 1789. He titled his book Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself.
Frederick Douglass
A writer whose slave narrative is considered to be archetypical of the genre. In 1845 he wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.
Sojourner Truth
A woman writer who created a slave narrative.
Slave Narrative: Purposes
These narratives could be created for many purposes. Some used them politically while others wanted to use them to make their story heard.
Fugitive Slave Act
An act that removed the limited legal protection offered to slaves while protecting slave owners. The passage of this act helped give Beecher the motivation to write Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Shelbys
These characters are farmers and slave owners in Uncle Tom's Cabin. They seem to be decent people, but still participate in the slavery system.
Uncle Tom's Cabin: Tom Loker
A slave hunter character in Uncle Tom's Cabin. He hunts down Eliza, gets injured, and says he's reformed after being saved by Eliza.
Uncle Tom's Cabin: George Shelby
The patriarch of the Shelby family. He sells Tom early in the novel but pledges to end slavery by the end, after seeing Tom die.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
A novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe that was influential both on a political and social level. It raised the North's abolitionist sentiments and led people to develop opinions about slavery.
Uncle Tom's Cabin: Liberia
This nation, located in Africa, was set up for former slaves. At the end of Uncle Tom's Cabin, many of the characters travel here.
Uncle Tom's Cabin: Eliza Harris
One of the slaves owned by the Shelbys in the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. She escapes with her child when she finds out she will be separated from her son.

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