Other selections in the McPherson text may be selected, of course, but these two particular passages feature interesting contrasts. The first is obviously given by an uneducated ex-slave who has hopes of receiving an education as preparation for good citizenship. The second passage is written by an almost scholarly black man who looks positively to the future for full acceptance in the country whose freedom, along with his own, he has secured in battle.
Assign students to write a fictionalized slave narrative fashioned after any of those covered in this unit. Students may wish to present their narratives as real life characters complete with costumes and properties.