1) What was the significance of Bacon’s Rebellion? How did it fuel the decline of indentured servitude and the creation of a slave society in the southern British colonies?
2) Based on your viewing of A Midwife’s Tale (week 4), what were the main aspects of Martha Ballard’s work as a midwife and what was important about her profession? How was her family organized and what did her various family members contribute to the household? What does Ballard’s story reveal about the role of women in Northern society in the late 1700s?
3) Based on your viewing of Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels (week 8), why does historian Marcus Rediker and his team of researchers travel to Sierra Leone in order to “restore the essential African side” of the Amistad Rebellion? How does their journey through the country and interactions with villagers help them understand the cultural background of the Amistad warriors? What does their journey reveal about the legacy of the slave trade in Africa?
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