Digital Humanities Teaching: Slave Narratives and Story Maps

Sample Student Projects from HSTR 494: Atlantic World Slavery, Spring 2016

Assignment Prompt

You will select a narrative from the UNC North American Slave Narratives collection, conduct research on the narrative and slavery, and make a StoryMap of the individual’s life.

Story Map JS https://storymap.knightlab.com/

UNC North American Slave Narratives, http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/

Using the digital mapping tool, you will reconstruct and analyze a slave narrative. You will map the key movements and events in the author’s life and provide interpretation or explanation of these events. This is original research and should be professionally completed, meaning worthy of publication. One, you must thoroughly understand the narrative (read it MANY times) and be an expert on it. Two, you should conduct relevant research (you need to be judicious in your selection of sources) on the narrative, the author, or aspects of slavery/abolition that the narrative raises. Three, you must draft the story map and revise it multiple times.

Dylan, Quobna Cugoano

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Cody, Henry Box Brown

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Daniel, Ellen and William Craft

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Jerry Bud, Amistad Case

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