To Be a Slave Topics for Discussion

Julius Lester
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1. What were the most difficult aspects of being a slave, according to Lester?

2. Was Christianity a positive factor in the lives of the slaves? What were the differences between the Christianity preached by the slaves' owners and the religion fashioned by the slaves themselves?

3. What aspects of African culture did the slaves bring to the plantations, and what measures were employed by the slave owners to destroy this influence?

4. What is meant by the expression "Jim Crow"? How does it apply to the period after the emancipation of the slaves?

5. Why did Thomas Jefferson believe blacks were inferior?

6. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) protests flying the Confederate flag or singing "Dixie" because these are symbols of slavery. Explain your position, drawing on what you have learned from reading To Be a Slave.

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