Slavery and Freedom

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Race and Identity in Antebellum America

How has slavery shaped the American literary imagination and American identity? This episode turns to the classic slave narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass, and the fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe. What rhetorical strategies do their works use to construct and authentic and authoritative American self?

Authors Covered - This section of the Instructor Guide contains biographical information on 10 authors, and includes hyperlinks to related Archive materials.

Timeline - The Unit timeline references literary text publishing dates with critical historical events, building a contextual framework.

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