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The Book of Negroes- ISU Presentation

Due: June 7th
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Hannah Hancock

on 7 June 2013

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Transcript of The Book of Negroes- ISU Presentation

By: Lawrence Hill The Book of Negroes Biography of the Author Thesis Archetypal Criticism - Son of American interracial immigrants
- Parents co-founded Ontario Black History Society
- Born in Newmarket, Ontario in 1957
- Became a human civil rights activist
- Travelled to Niger, Cameroon and Mali
- Currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife and five children
Marxist Criticism Power is determined within the Book of Negroes as something in which is achieved as a result of economic status
CONFLICT?
- Aminata vs. Plantation Owners
- Slaves/ Abolitionists vs. American Government
OVERTHROW?
- Aminata achieves freedom and becomes a part of the abolitionist movement to prevent any further progression of the slave trade.
UTOPIAN SOCIETY?
-Within the novel, possibly
-Reality, absolutely not

Aminata Diallo - Born in Bayo, West Africa
- Daughter of Muhammed (Mamadu) and Sira and stolen at the age of 11
- Educated and skilled
- Practiced Muslim religion; worshiped Allah
-Travels from Africa, to South Carolina, to Manhattan, to Nova Scotia to Bance Island to London, England.
- Owned by Mr. Appleby, and then Solomon Lindo
- Establishs friendships with Chekura, Fanta, Fomba, Sanu, Mamadu, May, Georgia, Claybourne and Bertilda throughout her journey Literary Merit - Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award and CBC Radio's Canada Reads
- Finalist for the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award, the Giller Prize and the IMPAC Award
- Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada, Any Known Blood, Some Great Thing, The Deserters Tale and the Book of Negroes (Someone Knows My Name) Lawrence Hill's the Book of Negroes
focuses on the devastating effects of
loss experienced by the protagonist
Aminata Diallo. -Stolen from her village and forced to
join the slave trade
-Unable to pray
-Forced to walk for many days (moons/rains)
- Stripped naked and subjected to 'inspection'
- Fed just enough to stay alive - Falls ill following the crossing
- Sexually assaulted
- Separated from Chekura
- Beat for bad behavior
- Impoverished
- Identified as a slave/Negro/ Meena Dee
- Both children stolen from her Hardships... Loss... Regaining... -With the assistance of the relations she
develops throughout her journey, she is able to obtain freedom
- Has the ability to search for her native village, but fails and resides in London, England accompanied by her daughter she was previously separated from Historical/ Biographical Criticism - Based upon the reality of the slave trade
- Emphasizes the unfathomable challenges four million slaves experienced Historical... Biographical... - Lawrence Hill does not relay first hand information but created this work of literature with purpose
- Related a lot of the novels content to his personal life My Opinion IT WAS A SPECTACULAR NOVEL Thank you for your attention! Plot Outline
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