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Week 3: ForumInitial post with facts referenced is due by Friday at 11:59 PM EST and 3 peer responses to 3 other students initial post due by Sunday. The instructor will respond to your forum with a follow up question which will be due the next Friday.
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Recommended books (authors and titles): John K. Thornton’s African and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World; Gary B. Nash’s Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early America; Allan Kulikoff’s Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the United States: Rhys Isaac’s The Transformation of Virginia (HIGHLY recommended).

1. Why and how did vestiges of African culture survive in British North America? Be specific in your answer.

2. In the colonial era, the first free Black self-governing community in North America was established in 1752 in Spanish-controlled Florida. 
How did the community function and why was it successful or not?

3. Compare and contract slavery in the Chesapeake region with slavery in New York City. Did urban slavery function differently from plantation slavery? How and why?

4. Read two chapters of one of the books recommneded above. What is the author’s premise for those chapters and what is the point they want to make about African-American culture and society in 17th and 18th centuries in Colonial America?