After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, read this unit, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
understand how the antebellum debate about slavery transformed and expanded foundational ideas about American identity and citizenship;
see and discuss the different strategies slaves adopted to resist white authority and to develop their own distinct culture;
explain the importance of sentimentality and domesticity within the nineteenth-century literature of social reform;
understand the role of literature in both shaping and reflecting political reform movements.
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