Discuss theEarly Abolitionist Art and Literature

“Early Abolitionist Art and Literature” Please write ONE paragraph per part with a minimum of 125 words for each part of the discussion by responding to the following, using sources under the Explore heading as the basis of your response:

There are THREE parts to Discussion Option B.

  • 1) EXPLAIN: From the reading of Chapter 26, write one paragraph of 125 words or more and chose an autobiographical or fictional account by a slave. Within the paragraph identify the autobiographical or fictional account by a slave and explain whether you think an autobiographical or fictional account by a slave (such as Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano) is more persuasive than a biographical or fictional account by a white author (such as John Gabriel Stedman or Aphra Behn). (Compare and Contrast).
  • 2) DISCUSS: Use critical thinking (the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment) and write one paragraph of 125 words or more that explain whether you believe the representations of slavery in the visual arts (such as William Blake’s illustrations, William Hackwood’s cameo, or John Singleton Copley’s painting) were more compelling and convincing of the injustices of slavery than the literary representations already mentioned. In your explanations, use two specific examples and consider both audience and the content and nature of the work. (Compare and Contrast)
  • 3) GIVE EXAMPLE: Use the LIBRARY to the left of your Blackboard course shell and find one article that identifies or discusses a literary or art form in modern times that you think is most effective at depicting injustice and write one paragraph of 125 words or more. Within the paragraph briefly describe what the article says and give examples of the articles reasons for the injustices.

Evaluation Criteria For Threaded Discussions: Your discussion must have ONE paragraph with a minimum of 125 words for each part of the discussion. Discussion question(s) should present well-reasoned and thoughtful analyses. Each student will also need to respond to a classmates Original Discussion Thread,  but on a topic that is different than your Initial discussion. For example – if your initial response is to Discussion Option B, then your response to a classmate needs to be to someone who posts an initial response to Discussion Option A. The response needs to have a minimum of 50 Words and add to the discussion topic. Don’t simply say “I agree with so-and-so” or “ Mona Lisa is cool” and expect that to suffice.  I look for well-reasoned and thoughtful comments; I will not penalize you for opinions with which I disagree.  You are not limited to one post and are encouraged to be actively involved in the discussion.


Early Abolitionist Art & Literature

  • Chapter 26 (pp. 870-2): Equiano, Stedman, Wheatley, Behn; Chapter 26 (pp. 877-879): Equiano and Behn
  • Wheatley at http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/Wheatley/phil.htm
  • Chapter 26 (pp. 870-873): Blake, Hackwood, Copley

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