Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Prologue and Book 1, Part 1, Chapters 1-5 Abstract
* An old mulatto beggar, Luther Sawdust, tells his story to anyone who will listen.
* Sawdust's father was a doctor on a Liverpool ship that is destined for the Atlantic Slave Trade.
* Erasmus Kemp becomes a main character whose father is involved in the building of the Ship.
* Erasmus has...
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