Captures In Africa, Slave Auctions In America

Captures In Africa, Slave Auctions In America

Analyze, Synthesize, And Compare And Contrast: Captures In Africa, Slave Auctions In America, And Being A Slave

Students will demonstrate the ability to:
Analyze historical facts and interpretations

Analyze and compare political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual institutions, structures, and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures

Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and the complexities of a global culture and society
Draw on historical perspective to evaluate contemporary problems/issues
Analyze the contributions of past cultures/societies to the contemporary world


The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential for your success in this course, in college, in the field of History, and in your professional life beyond college:
Analyzing and synthesizing primary documents

Comparing and contrasting experiences and perspectives
Thinking critically about written information

This assignment will also help you to become familiar with the following important content in this discipline:
The experiences and perspectives of Africans captured and forcibly removed from their native land

The experiences and perspectives of African Americans sold at auction in the American South
Lastly, The experiences and perspectives of African Americans enduring slavery in the American South.


Read the excerpts from published slave narratives found in Content under American Voices as AV 1. Complete and submit a ten-paragraph written assignment based on this content (and this content alone) addressing each of the four topics below and following the instructions and format for each topic:

1       Compare and contrast the accounts of Olaudah Equiano and Boyrereau Brinch:
•       Based on the limited information available to you in these two excerpts, what do you think Equiano and Brinch want their audiences to know about their lives in Africa before they were captured? (Paragraph one)
•       While both excerpts describe the capture of young people in western Africa, what was the essential difference between Equiano’s kidnappers and those that grabbed Brinch, and how does this fact explain the differences in the experience each described? (Paragraph two)

2       Compare and contrast the accounts of Henry Bibb, Josiah Henson, and William Anderson:
•       What conclusions can you draw about slave auctions in the South from reading these three accounts? Identify, describe, and provide evidence of at least two common and prevalent themes (Paragraphs three and four – one for each common theme)
•       In what important way was Henry Bibb and his experience different from that of Henson and Anderson? (Paragraph five)

3       Compare and contrast the accounts of John Jacobs, Lunsford Lane, and Harriet Jacobs:

• What conclusions can you draw about the worst aspects of living as a slave in the American South from the reading of these three accounts? Identify and describe one unique (shared in only one account) deprivation or danger from each account (John Jacobs – Paragraph six; Lunsford Lane – Paragraph seven; Harriet Jacobs – Paragraph eight)
•From a personal perspective, which of the three aspects you identified in Paragraphs six, seven, and eight would you consider the worst and why? (Paragraph nine)

4.What is your most important takeaway from these document excerpts and what makes these 19th century accounts relevant today?

Identify a relevant current issue in the United States and explain how the position a 21st century American takes on this issue could be informed by the history revealed in this set of primary documents. (Paragraph ten)

Criteria for Success

A submission that follows the instructions provided in the Task above will contain ten paragraphs. No introductory or closing paragraph is required.
The name of the assignment, Analyze, Synthesize, and Compare and Contrast: Captures in Africa, Slave Auctions in America, and Being a Slave, should appear at the top of the submission.
This assignment is worth up to 100 points.

Each paragraph will be scored by content based on the specific instructions for each – see the rubric for point values.  Each paragraph should be concise but complete.  Make sure you have addressed the questions as they were asked.  Your submission should also be written in complete sentences, be grammatically correct, and contain no spelling errors.

Points will be deducted for multiple misspellings, incomplete sentences, and grammatical errors.
One or two direct quotes from each document excerpt are permissible but should be brief.

Do not include more than one sentence, or partial sentence, in a quote. When you choose to use a direct quote, you should identify the source by name within the paragraph (you do not have to provide endnotes or footnotes).


Brinch described how he and his friends “found ourselves waylayed by thirty or forty more of the same pale race of Vultures….

Josiah Henson related the impact of hearing the “sad announcement” that the slave sale was to take place: “the knowledge that all ties of the past are to be sundered, the frantic terror at the idea of being send ‘down south,’ the almost certainty that one member of the family will be torn from another….”
As John Jacobs described being a slave: “To be a man, and not to be a man – a father without authority – a husband and no protector – is the darkest of fates.”

Slave Auctions In America

Slave Auctions In America

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