Creating a slave Narrative
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What is a a Narrative?
A Narrative is story told by a person in the first person (“I am a slave”, as opposed to “He was a slave”)
What is a first hand account?
A first hand account is a story by someone who actually witnessed an event. We call it a first hand account when some one “was there”.
For example 50 years from now someway may want to interview you about what it was like when America elected it’s first African American President. You were there, you will remember, you are a witness to this history and you can give an accurate account about what it was really like from your perspective.
Our job is to pretend that we were slaves. That we lived and witnessed slavery in the United States. The U.S. government is trying to preserve the voices of slaves who are still alive. To get their “first hand accounts” written down before they all die. They have sent a man to interview you.
The time: it is 50 years after slavery ended 1915, write an account and tell what it was like by answering some or all of the following questions:
- where did you live, State,?
- did you live in a slave cabin or in the Masters house?
- what job did you do, tell how hard it was and what you did?
- what was the food like?
- how did you feel?
- were you ever beaten?
- were you always afraid?
- were you angry?
- did you try to run away?
- Did you escape on the Underground railroad?
- What was that like?
- What do you think of Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman etc….
- How did you feel when you heard that all slaves were now free
Use details, talk about everyday details that create a picture of slavery.
Get into character in your writing: How old are you now? What do you do now? How important is freedom to you and your family?
Use your imagination to create your “first hand account” of what it was like to be a slave.