"Southern Man" Constructed Response Activity


I was soon put down under the decks, and there I received such...[an odor] in my nostrils as I had never experienced in my life...The closeness of the place, and the heat of the climate, added to the number in the ship, which was so crowded that each had scarcely room to turn himself, almost suffocated us...The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying, rendered [made] the whole a scene of horror
                                                                                                           ~ Olaudah Equiano

Sir, I do firmly believe that domestic slavery, regulated as ours is, produces the highest
toned, the purest, best organization of society that has ever existed on the face of the earth.

~ James H. Hammond, Congressman from South Carolina

1.  What activity or scene is being described in the top quotation?  Who is speaking?

2.  Compare the quotations. Do they express similar or contrasting attitudes and opinions regarding slavery? Be sure to cite examples from each source to fully explain your answer.

3.  Read the lyrics and listen to the song "Southern Man".  Which excerpt above expresses similar ideas regarding slavery? Explain your answer.

4. What were the strict rules that governed the behavior and punishment of slaves called?  Identify several examples.

5.  Write two meaningful concept sentences regarding slavery and the slave trade. Choose from the following words…choice, power, justice, empathy, human rights.

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