Book Club Week 2

Book Club Week 2
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  • Signpost: Extreme or Absolute Language
  • "She told readers how she'd originally met Sarah Harris, why she'd decided to start the school, and why she felt it was important to fight against prejudice, 'the mother of all abominations'"(54).
  • Signpost: Contrast & Contradiction
  • "If she did not leave immediately, the warning said, Prudence would be fined $1.68 for every week her student stayed in school.  If Prudence didn't pay the fine, Ann Eliza would be arrested, sent to the town whipping post, and 'whipped on the naked body not exceeding ten stripes"(48).
  • "She was calm and determined. The only thing that mattered to her was getting an education. To help the school, she was ready to put up with the injuries, insults, and even a public whipping" (49).
  • Mindset: Growth
  • "In New York an abolitionist newspaper called the Emancipator printed a stinging letter that called the law 'unjust...and disgraceful.'"(57)
  • By calling Sarah the "mother of all abominations", he is exaggerating how much hatred she has and how she is judged by her color. This might make her feel upset because she was the first black student in the school. For her, that would be lots of pressure on her.
  • Word Gap: Sermon
  • "Angry churchgoers almost fired May after his first antislavery sermon"(32).
  • Instead of Ann Eliza being scared of getting hurt and publicly whipped, she was not worried. She would go through anything for an education.
  • Summary: SWBS
  • How might Prudence be more successful in her work considering people are rioting against her?
  • Instead of Andrew Judson being affected by others' criticism, he only took it in and made himself better judging off of it.
  • Book Club Questions:
  • Definition: a talk on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during a church service and based on a passage from the Bible Technical terms: Yes
  • Prudence wanted rights for African American people, but no one agreed with her and nobody thought she was sane for saying that, so she had other people who actually agreed with her to go in court and fight for her to be able to teach black pupils without being arrested.
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  • How will Prudence pay the fines for other students if more come along that the Connecticut authorities don't approve of?
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