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CliffsNotes on Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

CliffsNotes on Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

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CliffsNotes on Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Longueur:
71 pages
53 minutes
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Nov 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781328842176
Format:
Livre

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CliffsNotes on Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad includes summaries and analyses of this 2016 National Book Award winning novel about the Underground Railroad and one slave's heroic struggle to gain her freedom via a "real" fictional Underground Railroad.
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Nov 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781328842176
Format:
Livre

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Gregory Coles is an author and an English instructor at Penn State University. Learn more at www.gregcoles.com.

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The Underground Railroad covers five primary periods in the life of Cora:

1. Life in Georgia

When Cora’s mother, Mabel, runs away, Cora becomes a young outcast among the slaves of the Randall plantation. She fiercely defends the tiny plot of land she has inherited from her mother (who inherited it from Cora’s grandmother, Ajarry) when other slaves try to take it from her, even destroying a doghouse that someone builds on it. When a young slave named Chester is beaten by plantation owner Terrance Randall, Cora intervenes and is beaten. Her fellow slave Caesar, recognizing her independent spirit, asks her to run away with him. Although she refuses at first, she accepts his invitation a few weeks later.

The two run away in the middle of the night and are unexpectedly joined by a young girl named Lovey. They are nearly caught by a group of white hog hunters; Lovey is captured, and Cora kills a white boy in order to escape. Cora and Caesar reach the house of Mr. Fletcher, Caesar’s contact with the underground railroad. Fletcher drives them in his cart, covered by a blanket, to the home of the station agent, Lumbly. Beneath Lumbly’s house, they find a tunnel with a railroad track, and a locomotive carries them north.

2. Life in South Carolina

The locomotive lets Cora and Caesar off in South Carolina, beneath the home of a station agent named Sam, who is a bartender. They are given forged papers with false identities so that they can safely live in South Carolina until another train arrives to take them farther north. However, Cora enjoys South Carolina so much that she is reluctant to leave, and she and Caesar let three trains come and go without boarding them. Cora works first as a maid, then as an actor in a museum display teaching white people about slavery. Cora lives in a dormitory with other young black women. After her doctor encourages her to be medically sterilized, she realizes that some of the women she lives with are being sterilized against their will as part of a eugenics project to reduce the black

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