The Unknown World By Edward P. Jones Essay

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The Unknown World by Edward P. Jones
The Unknown World is a accurate account of slavery in its depiction of how the slaves had to adjust to life itself and to live within the time periods the 1830’s through the early nineteen hundreds, The reader can tell the characters time period the are going through just by the way they speak, pronounce words, and by real-life events that happened and throughout the book made the slaves appear as if they were real people despite being fictional characters. Though the use of actual events and realistic character portrayals, Edward Jones successfully unites non-fiction and fiction to allow the reader to get a sense of what it would be like to be of African-American descent during that time. This approach allows Mr. Jones to tell this story without having to validate the precise history of henry Townshend, as Henry is a fictional representation rather than a historical figure.

The Unknown World mainly focuses on Henry Townshend in the early to mid 1800’s. He was a slave that had been bought then freed by his father when he was thirteen years of age. Later on in life and into the future Henry becomes his own slave owner and eventually owns thirty-three slaves. The 1830’s were a time they were entering into the Civil War, which had lasted from 1861 to 1865.
The Civil War ended by Robert E. Lee surrendering the confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant. The only bright side to this is that the black men received equal pay for fighting in the war…

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