I am trying to take notes for testing/essay purposes and find some topics hard to follow. For me, I’m trying to put things in date perspective as the chapters seem to jump around. For example, one paragraph might refer to something in the 1500’s but it is hard to know if the next paragraph is in that same time or some other time. For us detailed folks, it would be nice to have date references more often or be assured that everthing listed between date references apply to the last stated time frame.
Thanks for your consideration.
I don’t see a place for American Yawp Reader problems so I’ll post this here.
The following seems to be titled wrong:
The strike being referenced is from 1836. And the text was published in 1898. So unless we know that Robinson’s recollection dates to 1863, I’m thinking that the title just reversed the final two numbers in the date.
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September 6, 2020 at 6:22 pm
The word “seasoned” is introduced in this chapter to describe the conditioning of enslaved people into a life of forced labor:
“First was an overland journey in Africa to a coastal slave-trading factory, often a trek of hundreds of miles. Second—and middle—was an oceanic trip lasting from one to six months in a slaver. Third was acculturation (known as “seasoning”) and transportation to the American mine, plantation, or other location where enslaved people were forced to labor.”
The connotations with the word “seasoned” is with food, with meat. Although “seasoned” has other uses, such as saying “a seasoned veteran of battle”, when “seasoned” is used in the context of slavery, it associates enslaved people with meat – implying, they are not human, they were simply walking pieces of meat.
In the following sentence from American Yawp, it feels like the text is using the language of the people who were responsible for the slave trade:
“Slavers often landed in the British West Indies, where enslaved laborers were seasoned in places like Barbados. ”
This comment is proposing using a different word for the sentence, one that is more descriptive to the events of history and does not use the language of the oppressor, for example:
“Slavers often landed in the British West Indies, where enslaved laborers were conditioned to a life of forced labor in places like Barbados. “
I do not know what happened when humans were put through this process in places like Barbados, but I imagine quite simply, their spirits were broken, with violence and suffering. This comment is an urge to treat their story with as much humanity as possible.
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July 1, 2020 at 3:21 pm
you are right, I thought thats what I read that Roosevelt was the first President to travel overseas. thank you for pointing out, I had to read it twice.
May 27, 2020 at 8:13 pm
The Civil War caused a lot of issues in its path of trying to continue to oppress African Americans. This also affected the Native Americans forcing them to move further west.
February 14, 2020 at 6:21 pm
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December 1, 2019 at 7:37 pm
In the Northwest, Native groups exploited the great salmon-filled rivers.
December 1, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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November 13, 2019 at 3:01 am
Why does the LGBTQ movement have an uprising at Stonewall, while urban blacks have riots in the earlier section of this chapter? I’m a little (alright, very) troubled by the discrepancy in word choice and it’s influence on the narrative.
July 31, 2018 at 7:27 pm
instead of in Long Islanders, people from long island say On long island
July 30, 2018 at 6:42 pm
It seems to me a map or better yet multiple, interactive maps, in this section and elsewhere are necessary.
July 27, 2018 at 8:13 am
I believe the Primary Source, “America Guided by Wisdom Engraving, 1815”, has a misspelled name. John J. Bartlett should be corrected to read John J. Barralett.
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