Directed Discussion 1: The Great Contradiction and Ask a Slave

Complete Lecture 6, view Ask a Slave, and discuss in your groups:

The image-makers of the Revolutionary and Federalist periods helped construct and preserve the memory of the era as liberty-infused and ideal-driven. In your discussion, examine how the questions asked of Lizzie Mae—as well as her answers—in Ask a Slave compare with the visual representations made by the era’s artists. Consider the ways the images, the visitor questions, and Lizzie Mae’s answers address (or fail to address) the Great Contradiction. Reference specific examples, by title and artist, from lectures, and specific episodes from Ask a Slave so we can follow your ideas.

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