Reading Reaction Paper to the book:Slave Narratives of the Underground Railroad by Christine Rudisel and Bob Blaisdell

Lillian Vargas

The required reading source for this essay is titled “Slave Narratives of the Underground Railroad” by Christine Rudisel and Bob Blaisdell.Below are the Essay Instructions: You will complete a short (2.5-3 page) paper in which you will think about the list of questions below and construct a written response that answers those questions in an essay-type format. In other words, DO NOT simply write the numbers and give a short answer to each. You should answer the questions within the essay itself. This means that you do not have to answer each question in order, but can incorporate your reactions to the questions however you wish in the paper. The paper should conform to the guidelines below to earn full credit. You may use information from other course materials if relevant, but the book should be the PRINCIPAL source of information. You MUST specifically use a MINIMUM of FOUR (4) different readings from the book in your paper Questions to Answer: 1. What common experiences did the creators of the narratives in this book have, and how did these commonalities shape their stories? What do their stories tell us about their time and place? 2. What were some of the differences in the experiences of the creators of these slave narratives? What do their stories tell us about them as individuals? 3. Select any two (2) of the following themes and explore how the sources in the book explain the importance of these themes in their personal experiences: gender, family, religion, economics, geography, or freedom. 4. Finally, how did this book further your understanding of American History? What did you learn about the history of slaves/slavery from this reading that you did not know before? CITATIONS: The ONLY source you should use for the paper is the book itself. If you cite from the book, you can simply use parenthetical citation, which would look like: “… argued and afterward they agreed to stop fighting” (33)

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