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The Beauty Standard: Whitewashing the Black Aesthetic

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Danysha Reyes Professor Kappes ENG 302 03-05-18 The Beauty Standard: Whitewashing the Black Aesthetic In Aphra Behn’s 17th century novel, Oroonoko, Behn emphasizes European beauty standards in the male protagonist Oroonoko’s characteristics. Another object that also ignores the black aesthetic is “Bound Man” from the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection on Slavery, a wooden…

Assignment 1

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Miqueas Molano ENG 302 Professor Kappes 03/15/2018 Know your Audience Artifacts and literature from the 18th century have a way of displaying the truth in subtle ways as to not offend the white demographic of the time. Audiences were veiled when presented with the harsh realities of their society by artists and poets.  A sketch…

The Different Perspectives on African American Slave Trade

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  Glenda Francisco Eng 302 Professor Kappes March 24, 2018 “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” is an autobiography written by Olaudah Equiano, himself. It describes his life as a slave. Equiano was born in 1745 in Eboe, which is now Nigeria. Eboe had a structured system, that included law and marriage.…


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      The eighteenth-century object I chose is called “Poster Warning Blacks in Boston Kidnappers”. The poster is dated April 24th, 1851 and it is from The New York Public Library Digital Collection. This poster serves as a warning to runaway slaves and their possible allies. The poster cautions both parties to “avoid conversing…

A Journey Through the Middle Passage

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From around the early 1500’s to the late 1800’s the transatlantic era occurred, where millions of people were captured or sold into slavery, thus began a voyage from Africa to the Americas. The middle passage was the essence of slavery. It demonstrated the struggles of people as they entered slavery and represents the challenges that…

Get Free or Die Trying

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My eighteenth century sketch drawing “Revolte sur un baitment negrier” (Revolt on a slave ship) from The Library Company of Philadelphia digital collection, drawn in 1883 by Albert Laporte captures what a revolt by slaves looks like and this sketch is a testament to the historical documentation of the slave revolts. Counter to what many…

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