W 2 Jan 23&25
T- No class, Watch: Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
1.What is the plot of Equiano’s ‘Interesting Narrative’?
2. Before Equiano was captured, what do we learn about his people? How does he identify himself? How did he understand “race”? Did “race” play a role in the capture of Africans for the trans-Atlantic slave trade?
3. Using Equiano’s story, what do we learn about slavery in Africa? How does Equiano interact with his slave masters? How does Equiano understand his racial, ethnic, or national identity as compared to his masters in Africa?
4. What does Equiano think when he sees ‘white people’ for the first time? What does his experience tell us about ‘race’ and slavery and the slave trade in Africa?
Gates vs Gomez
5. Apologies for Slavery? Is it too late? Unnecessary? Should the descendants of slaves receive reparations?