Throughout this module, you have grappled with texts that present the social and political turmoil of the Civil War and Reconstruction. With this post-test, you will continue to examine the political and social forces that inspired this literature and non-literary writing.
There are two parts to this assignment.
Part One: You will begin by summarizing the social forces that Huckleberry Finn, a character introduced in lesson 3, was up against as he made the decision to help Jim escape from slavery. Your summary will come from viewing these websites that detail the period and the legislation in favor of slavery.
You should summarize the political climate of the time in two complete paragraphs, referencing these sources at least once in your write up.
Part Two: After viewing these sites, write Huck a letter telling him what you think of his decision, referencing excerpts from his monologue in chapter 31 as well as information from the abolitionist movement and the Fugitive Slave Act as discussed in the websites above. Your letter should speak directly to Huck, and should not what you admire about him and his decision. Also, in the letter, relate a similar modern dilemma you may have faced and discussed what lessons you learned from Huck in regards to dealing with this situation.
You are to complete each part on a single word document. Be sure to note part one and part two. Save the document in your files and upload it below.
20 points: The first part of the assignment shows understanding of the political climate described in the websites
20 points: Both the summary and letter reference the websites (ie: use specific examples) Be sure to cite these.
20 points: The letter demonstrates creativity and critical understanding of the political time climate described in the research sites.
10 points: The letter references chapter 31 from the novel
20 points: The letter shares a similar modern dilemma you have faced and discusses what lessons you learned from Huck in regard to dealing with this situation
10 points: Both the summary and letter show command of English writing, language, and grammar conventions.
Photo above: "Am I not a man and a brother?" Medallion as a part of the anti-slavery campaign by Josiah Wedgewood 1787, in the Public Domain