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Text Dependent Questions
- QuestionIn this ad, who or what is being sold?AnswerAnimals, tools and enslaved people are being sold.
- QuestionWhat does this tell you about the perceived humanity of enslaved people?AnswerThey are a commodity to be sold and purchased like any other good. They are not valued like other humans.
- QuestionWhy do you think these people and items are all being sold together?AnswerThese are all valuable pieces to successful plantation life.
- QuestionWhat does this tell you about the economy of the area?AnswerThat it relies on enslaved labor and farm goods because it is a plantation-heavy economy.
- QuestionWhat would happen if any of these—the tools, the animals or the people—could no longer be bought or sold?AnswerThe system and profits would fail.
- QuestionHow might Southerners who weren't enslavers have responded to an advertisement like this?AnswerAnswers will vary, but students might speak to the degree to which the southern economy as a whole relied on enslaved labor.