Everything you need to understand or teach Middle Passage by Charles Johnson.
Rutherford Calhoun arrives in New Orleans as a newly freed slave who enjoys drinking and the company of exotic women. His soul craves adventure and new experiences He soon meets Isadora, a naïve schoolteacher with a fondness for all living things. Although their personalities are almost polar opposites, Rutherford finds himself drawn to her unconventional attractiveness and proper ways. Isadora soon grows tired of Rutherford's wild habits however, and brings up the subject of marriage, telling him all he needs is a woman like her to bring him down to earth. Rutherford tells Isadora he will never get married; that his soul yearns for excitement and adventure, not marriage.
Isadora is hurt by this response but is still determined to make a man out of Rutherford, so she goes to Philippe "Papa" Zeringue, a wealthy business owner and local gangster to whom Rutherford owes a great...
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