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Book of Negroes, The (Lawrence Hill)

The history and outrage of black slavery has been well-documented in literature and film in the last half-century. This book by Lawrence Hill does not lessen the barbarity of the times, but adds a unique human dimension. Aminata Diallo was born free in Africa in the 18th century. She had a rich and lovely childhood until the day she was captured by slave traders and marched off to the coast in chains. Along with thousands of others, Aminata was destined for North America as a slave to white owners. She was 11 years old. We travel with Aminata to South Carolina, New York, Nova Scotia, London (England), and even to Freetown in Sierra Leone. Each step of the way, we learn about the horrors and immorality of slavery. We see the faces and listen to the voices of these diminished people, but we see their courage and strength at overcoming the psychological hardships and limitations imposed by their imprisonment.

Hill has created an uplifting and highly educational story about a shameful part of history. The Book of Negroes was originally published in the United States under the title Someone Knows My Name.


This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (85 pages) for Lawrence Hill's novel The Book of Negroes includes:

• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Historical background
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Symbols
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions


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