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A Mercy by Toni Morrison
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Jul 20, 2010

it was amazing
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SS4H3 The student will explain the factors that shaped British colonial America.
a. Compare and contrast life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies.
b. Describe colonial life in America as experienced by various people, including large landowners, farmers, artisans, women, indentured servants, slaves, and Native Americans.

Summary: A Mercy, Morrison goes back to the beginning of slavery in America. The setting is late seventeenth century, a period when the American South was very diverse with Portuguese, Dutch, English, Native American, African, and mixed-race inhabitants and characters illustrated in the novel fighting for survival and a place in this new world. This is the story of Jacob Vaarks legacy or family through the eyes of Florens, a black girl.

A great book to use for students to write about the culture of early colonial life. Students could use this book to write about women and horrific challenges they faced slave, free, or white. Compare and contrast the gender issues in early colonial life. Draw a pictures representing the Vaark family. Make a voice mail characterization of characters.

Connections: Morrison illustrates the male psyche from the male slave and free slave relationship. What is interesting about Jacob Vaark is how he viewed and treated his slaves/family. As white man he did not believe in slavery yet had slaves but treated them as family. The novel presents a female perspective of the male character is in the book from Smithy, Scully, Willard and Jacob Vaark by Florens, Lina and Rebecca.


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