Slave Narratives

Due by Friday, November 3, 2017

By Friday, November 3, students will be required to post a custom-made Google Map or a StorymapJS, which they’ve designed to help illustrate the story of a published American slave narrative.  Each map should be embedded within a short blog post (about 800-1,000 words, or 4-5 pages) at the course website that describes the biography of the enslaved subject within the context of American slavery or antislavery, using citations to multiple secondary sources.


  • The maps themselves should contain about 8-10 place marks with each one including brief excerpted text from the published narrative (properly cited) along with supporting images or video clips (properly credited).  The place marks should be positioned in correct geographical position and should be arranged in chronological order on the left-hand navigation column.
  • Primary source material for this project should come from North American Slave Narratives at the Documenting the American South website.
  • Secondary source research can come from a variety of places, including William Andrews’s introduction to the narratives project, Peter Kolchin’s book on American Slavery, specialized reference materials including online resources like Black Past, and the usual suspects of academic books and articles via the Library catalog, Google Books, JSTOR, American National Biography, or other standard resources.
  • Late maps will be penalized up to 5 points per day.

Sample Posts

Blog Posting Instructions

Video Tutorials