Teacher will have taught students about Cuban history 1850-1900.
Students will develop reading, retention, analyzation skills.
Students will develop first hand knowledge of the life of a Cuban slave.
The Autobiography of a Runaway Slave
, Esteban Montejo by Miguel Barnet
*excerpts: description of barracoons pp. 21-26
description of fugitive life pp. 45-49
description of San Juan Day pp. 73-83
*available at YNHTI office, 53 Wall St., New Haven
1. Each selection will be read and discussed in class.
2. Suggested written or discussion questions:
a. Describe life in the barracoons.
b. What qualities did Esteban have that enabled him to dare to escape?
c. Describe conditions in the cave.
d. How did Esteban manage to evade captors?
e. Was life better for Esteban in the barracoons or as a fugitive? Explain.
f. Describe how San Juan Day was celebrated. Include preparations, food, dance, etc.
g. What misconceptions by Esteban are evident in the reading?
h. What made the most impact on you when reading these selections? Why?