Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chapter 4 Study Guide, Due March 29

CHAPTER IV - 15 pts

  1. Why is Mr. Austin Gore a “first-rate overseer”? What is the irony of this description of him? What is ironic about his name?
  2. What reason does Mr. Gore give for killing Demby the slave?
  3. What other examples does Frederick give of his statement “that killing a slave, or any colored person,... is not treated as
  4. a crime, either by the courts or the community” (p. 41)?
  • Maxim laid down by slaveholders: “It is better that a dozen slaves suffer under the lash, than that the overseer should be convicted, in the presence of the slaves, of having been at fault” (p. 38).
  • “To be accused was to be convicted, and to be convicted was to be punished” (pp. 38-39).
  • “He dealt sparingly with his words, and bountifully with his whip, never using the former where the latter would answer as well” (p. 39).

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