“Twelve Years a Slave”: Analyzing Slave Narratives

Readers of Solomon Northup's brutally frank slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave examine passages that support the argument that slavery "undermined and corrupted" the institution of marriage. Background information is provided by a PowerPoint presentation, an essay on the slave narrative tradition, and a short video trailer from Steve McQueen's film 12 Years a Slave.

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Classroom Considerations
  • Before deciding to use this resource, carefully examine all the materials in the packet, especially the graphically brutal excerpt, "The Soul Murder of Patsey" to determine if these materials are appropriate for your class
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Includes a link to related lessons
  • Worksheets focus attention on the central question and guide readers through the excerpts
Cons
  • None