Reading Guide for Week Four
Text: Divine, Chapter 3, pp. 75-90 & Chapter
Special Topics: Unity and Disunity: The Great
Migration to America in the Eighteenth Century
Answer one of the following text questions:
Primary Source Assignment
How and why did African slavery get started in
North America? What did slavery mean for African culture?
What was the nature and significance of British
economic policy in the New World?
Describe the patterns of immigration to the American
colonies in the eighteenth century and assess their significance for the
What was the importance of the Great Awakening
to freedom in American culture?
To what extent had Americans developed their own
identity by the middle of the eighteenth century? Explain.
What were the differences between the political
cultures of Britain and America in the eighteenth century? How and
why were these differences important?
Choose one of the following:
George Washington, The Exercise of a Schoolboy
Answer at least two of the following primary source questions:
What do these rules tell you about social order
and stratification in colonial Virginia?
What do they say about George Washington's concept
of morality and virtue?
What do they say about his attitudes on good manners
and personal hygiene?
Why would Washington have been so concerned about
the rules of etiquette as a youth of 16?
What, if anything, do the accompanying images
add to the information you have to answer these questions?
Equiano describes the horrors of the Middle Passage (1789)
doctor, Alexander Falconbridge, describes conditions on an English slaver
Answer at least two of the following primary
How were slaves brought into captivity and sold
Describe the routine of a slave ship. What
strikes you as most important about this experience?
What did the enslaved Africans expect from their
black captors? From the European slave traders?
What did the European slave traders expect from
their slaves? Did they understand how to take care of them?