In this session, Dr. William L. Andrews (E. Maynard Adams Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus, UNC-Chapel Hill) will set the stage by providing historical contexts for an understanding of U.S. slavery, the rise of the African American slave narrative, as well as a helpful framework for thinking about and teaching American slavery. Dr. Andrews will also introduce us to the life of North Carolina native Moses Roper, including his experiences in the South as a freedom seeker and fugitive, up to the 1837 publication of his "Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper" in London. This session will further explore the reasons why Roper’s "Narrative" was so widely read in its own day and why it remains a key text in the African American slave narrative tradition, even though little known or taught today. A Q & A with Dr. Andrews, as well as an accompanying lesson plan for K-12 teachers in attendance, will be included.
Registrants are welcome to join us for Part One or both sessions; participants who choose to attend both sessions will need to register for each separately using the registration links below. You will receive an e-mail from Zoom with a separate link to join each event you register for.
Each session will provide time for discussion with presenting scholars, as well as access to a lesson plan to teach about Roper and webinar topics in the K-12 classroom, developed by the Crafting Freedom Institute.
Attending K-12 teachers can receive .5 CEUs for participating in both sessions and reading Roper’s short book, “Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper,” available here: https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/roper/roper.html
Register for Part Two: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uGxwomX8Ty6Yw4ZpJ1ncnw