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Somebody Knows My Name

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Alysha Child

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Transcript of Somebody Knows My Name

Someone Knows My Name
An Analysis of The Book of Negroes
About the Author
Lawrence Hill
b. 1957 in Newmarket ON
B.A. in economics from Laval in PQ
M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore
Reporter with The Globe and Mail
Correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press
Lives in Hamilton, ON with wife and 5 kids
Brother is singer-songwriter Dan Hill
Themes
Not a "traditional" journey story
Life-long journey across world
Never returns "home"
Parenthood
Aminata's relationship with parents
Aminata's life as a mother
Sexuality
Development into a woman
Sexual growth
Abuse
Overcoming adversity
Education
Determination to return to homeland
Plot Outline
Major
Aminata
curious
educated
works well under pressure
goal oriented
Chekura
husband
first proper sexual experience
reminder of home
Characters
Characters (Con't)
Minor
Robinson Appleby
abusive
Aminata's first sexual experience
first owner
Mamed
son of Appleby
furthers Aminata's education
fatherly
Symbols
Gold Guinea
Books
Map of Africa
The Book of Negroes
The Four Horsemen
Ships
Cello
Civil War
Aminata's kidnapping
Lives on Appleby's indigo plantation
Sold to Solomon Lindo
Escapes from Lindo in New York
Travels to Nova Scotia
Travels to Sierra Leone
Attempts to return to Bayo
Travels to England and joins forces with Abolitionists
Abolitionist Movement
British movement appeared shortly after revolution
Linked slavery to political condition of Britons
"As long as America was ours, there was no chance that a minister would have attended to the groans of the sons and daughters of Africa." -- Thomas Clarkson, 1788
Later in life, Aminata works with abolitionists

Oldfield, John. "The Abolition of the Slave Trade." Abolition. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. <http://abolition.nypl.org/print/abolition/>.
American Revolution
1775-1783
Disputes over taxes, administration, and territorial provisions
Open war at Lexington Massachusetts
Nova Scotia was a battleground
Aminata's "home"
England surrendered in October 1781


“White people in the markets mumbled to each other about being enslaved by the King of England […] Liberty to the Americans. Down with slavery. They weren’t talking about the slavery I knew or the liberty I wanted” (Hill 228).
"American Revolution." The Canadian Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/american-revolution/>.
Black History Month
Lincoln Alexander
Marie-Joseph Angélique
Sam Langford
Barack Obama
Tupac Shakur
Modern Slavery
By Alysha, Sam, Ali, Julia, and Rian
Thesis
In Lawrence Hill's "The Book of Negroes", Aminata's opportunistic outlook on education in oppressive situations helps her to thrive in juxtaposition to those who chose to ignore their opportunities to learn.
Georgia
motherly
leader
knows how to work the system
Solomon Lindo
second owner of Aminata
continues Aminata's education
sells Aminata's son
becomes unstable after the death of his wife and child
Characters (Con't)
Daddy Moses
religious figure in Nova Scotian community
leader
fatherly
John Clarkson
leader
abolitionist
supports Aminata
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