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Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Book of Negroes / Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill: The Complete Guide for Readers and Leaders [NOOK Book]

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The history and terror of black slavery has been well documented in literature and film. Lawrence Hill’s new book doesn’t lessen the awfulness of the times, but adds a unique human dimension. Hill has created an uplifting and highly educational story about a shameful part of history. The Book of Negroes is sold in the United States under the title, Someone Knows My Name. Aminata Diallo was born free in Africa in the eighteenth century. She had a rich and lovely childhood until the day she was captured by slave ...
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Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Book of Negroes / Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill: The Complete Guide for Readers and Leaders

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Overview

The history and terror of black slavery has been well documented in literature and film. Lawrence Hill’s new book doesn’t lessen the awfulness of the times, but adds a unique human dimension. Hill has created an uplifting and highly educational story about a shameful part of history. The Book of Negroes is sold in the United States under the title, Someone Knows My Name. Aminata Diallo was born free in Africa in the eighteenth century. She had a rich and lovely childhood until the day she was captured by slave traders and marched off to the coast in chains. Along with thousands of others, Aminata was destined for North America as a slave to white owners. She was eleven years old. Hill tracks Aminata’s story through the circle of her life. We travel with her to South Carolina, New York, Nova Scotia, London (England), and even to Freetown in Sierra Leone. Each step of the way, we learn about the horrors and immorality of slavery. As we look at and listen to these diminished people, we observe how they courageously work at overcoming the psychological hardships and limitations imposed by their imprisonment. Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897082881
  • Publisher: Bookclub-in-a-Box
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 434,751
  • File size: 258 KB

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Marilyn Herbert, the creator of Bookclub-in-a-Box, located in Toronto, Canada, is an international speaker and writer. As a former teacher and school librarian, she adapts her education skills to the effective and thought-provoking consideration of literary fiction and film. Bookclub-in-a-Box has over fifty published guides for contemporary novels. The company was established in 2002 and has an international customer base and subscriber list. Our discussion guides offer an interactive, yet educational, platform for interpreting and enjoying modern fiction. They are ideal for use by book club members, teachers, students and all readers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

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    Author Lawrence Hill insists upon fairness. He does not gloss ov

    Author Lawrence Hill insists upon fairness. He does not gloss over the fact that Black men throughout Africa colluded in the betrayal of their own people, chained them, and marched them for deathly months to the shores of the Atlantic to be sold to white slave traders - a betrayal that continued for decades.
    Furthermore, the main protagonist herself, dear Aminata Diallo, states that slaves were a common feature even in her childhood village.

    She concludes that it is not at all about color, but about character.

    The brilliant creation of a female protagonist who we first meet at the age of 11 and with whom we walk for many decades establishes a sense of journey and closeness that reels us into her terrible liberation.
    Step by step we learn of her unspeakable abuse, the love that motivates her, the devastation that awaits her, and then, because of Aminata's astonishing will to live, a wonderful surprise.

    I learned about the early history of the Black community in Nova Scotia, where British promises of land were broken. I had no idea that Sierra Leone's Freetown was settled by Nova Scotian Blacks.
    The Book of Negroes insists that each of us, whatever our heritage, is responsible for our own freedom, integrity, and character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Stand up and bite back!

    Stand up and bite back!
    -Ink†

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