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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May 20, 2022 at 11:19 pm
The American Yawp seems to have had everything under control living a somewhat normal way of life until the arrival of the Europeans which brought violence and terror .
See in context
March 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm
it is obvious the black freed slaves played a vital role for Grant’s victory
January 21, 2022 at 3:18 pm
Native American slavery was not based on holding people as property. Slaves were treated as people who lacked kinship networks. Former slaves can come back to being part of a community. Very Interesting.
February 17, 2021 at 11:47 pm
The first sentence of paragraph 10 is kind of an awkward sentence since it starts with debates and ends with debate. I think you could substitute conversations for the first “Debates”.
Conversations over the framer’s intentions often led to confusion and bitter debate…
Just a suggestion.
December 8, 2020 at 2:08 pm
On this page it is displaying properly, but on the actual site there is a minor typo. Here is says, “When black Americans and their radical allies…”
On the site it says LACK instead of BLACK.
Very minor, just letting you know!
October 30, 2020 at 4:10 pm
I would use a different word than “belied”. It fits in the paragraph but is not used commonly.
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.
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.
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