SUNDAY SCHOOL BOOKS
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SLAVE SONG

Read one of the following stories written for children in the early to mid nineteenth century. Then write your 3 x 5 card based on this story, using the study questions below as a guide. Chapters four and five in Huck's Raft should help you place your story into historical context.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

1) Electra Maria Sheldon, I Wish I Was Poor (New York: American Tract Society, 1860?)

Consider the following study questions in writing about this book:

1. Why does Lucy Lee want to be poor?
2. What does Aunt Lawrence say to change Lucy Lee's mind?
3. What does this book say tell us about the importance that at least some Americans attached to role of social class in the upbringing of the young?
2) Unknown author, A New Picture Book (New York: American Tract Society, 1830)

Consider the following study questions in writing about this book:

1. What is the image of childhood conveyed by this book?
2  What is the image of adults conveyed by this book?
3. How does this book reflect the issues and tensions of its time?
4. What virtues does this book urge children to acquire?
5. Is its purpose to inspire shame or guilt in a youthful offender?
3) Unknown author, "Are You Going to the Circus," (New York: American Tract Society, 18??)

Consider the following study questions in writing about this book:

1. What is the image of childhood conveyed by this book?
2. What is the image of adults conveyed by this book?
3. How does this book reflect the issues and tensions of its time?
4. What virtues does this book urge children to acquire?
5. Is its purpose to inspire shame or guilt in a youthful offender?

SLAVE SONG

To see the slave song, click here. Consider the following study questions.

1. What is this song saying?
2. Why is it important?
3. To what institutions or practices does this song speak?