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Book Analysis Assignment - Fires of Jubilee By Stephen Oates

Read assigned book. Analyze book in a 2-3 page ESSAY (not bullet points, so make sure you have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion) based on the questions provided below. Answer each question. Grade based on your ability to address each point. If you are unable to find material on a specific point clearly articulate this in your analysis and explain.Check syllabus for due dates. No late work.

·What is the Author’s argument (what point is he/she trying to make)?

·Who is the author (Outline his background/high level)? Why is he/she qualified to write the book? 3.What is the book purpose?

·What is the layout and approach of the book?

·What sources are used? What were the primary sources if any? What were the secondary sources if any? What is the difference between primary sources and secondary sources? Look up. Primary documents are written or constructed at the time of the event (journal, map, interviews). A secondary document is other people’s interpretation of the primary sources. Both types are important in history making. Explain and give specific examples of the sources used by the author in the book.

·Is the book effective? Why or Why not? Be specific.

·How does this book help explain the significance of religion in Africa?

·What do reviews say about the book (who was the reviewer)? How does book fit in with other similar books on the topic?

·How does this book fit into this class? Be specific

·Does the book enhance our understanding of History? If so how? If not, why not? Provide a reflection.

·What was the most striking statement in the book to you? (Write out a powerful quote from the book, explain the quote, why did it strike you, how it fits with the overall purpose of the book). Cite page.

·How do you think this story is remembered? Any legacies or impacts?

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Book Analysis of the Book Fires of Jubilee
The book titled “The Fires of Jubilee” written by Stephen Oates narrates a story in which
a boy from a slave family called Nat Turner grew up to lead an agitation for the emancipation of
enslaved African Americans. Nat Turner who was born of enslaved parents, was given
preferential treatment by white slave masters for being intelligent unlike other children of slaves
(Oates, 2007). Nat had hoped that he would continue to enjoy the freedom and preferential
treatment when he grew up. However, his hope clashed with the harsh reality as he was
eventually subjected to slavery when he became an adult (Oates, 2007). This was one of the main
reasons he led a revolution against the white slave masters. The book effectively demonstrates
through narration that slaves can emancipate themselves from discrimination and slavery
provided that they experience a change of mind-set.
The book has been written by a qualified biographer, who understands both the history of
slavery and effective approaches to communicating it. Stephen Oates has won awards in writing
biographies, especially of the leaders of the slave emancipation process (Oates, 2007). His
experience in teaching history and biography at the University of Mas...


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