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Study Guide: Fanny Kemble's Diary

Research the historical documents for Fanny Kemble's Diary to find answers to
many of the following questions. Historical documents are primary documents
that can include old photographs and newspaper clippings, documents, reports,
old magazine articles, and art work.

1. Where did Fanny Kemble grow up?

References - Magazines

"Fanny Kemble." Living Age.

References - Newspapers

"Picked Up Here and There." Atlanta Journal.

2. Who was Pierce Butler?

References - Magazines

"Frances Anne Kemble." Atlantic Monthly.

3. What did Fanny Kemble do for a living before she married Pierce Butler? Do you think this prepared her for life on plantation?

References - Magazines

"Fanny Kemble." Living Age.

"Frances Anne Kemble." Atlantic Monthly.

References - Newspapers

"The Death of Fanny Kemble." London Times.

4. What caused Kemble and Butler to divorce?

References - Newspapers

"Picked Up Here and There." Atlanta Journal.

5. What was so great about Kemble's 1863 Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation? How did it affect English society and the Civil War effort in America?

References - Magazines

"Reviews and Literary Notices." Atlantic Monthly.

"Literary Notices." Harper's New Monthly Magazine.

6. What was life for Kemble like on the Georgia plantation? What was life like for the slaves?

References - Magazines

"Literary Notices." Harper's New Monthly Magazine.

"Reviews and Literary Notices." Atlantic Monthly.

7. According to Kemble, what sort of master was Butler to his slaves?

References - Magazines

"Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838 - 1839." North American Review.

"Reviews and Literary Notices." Atlantic Monthly.

8. What did Kemble do after her divorce?

References - Magazines

"Fanny Kemble in America." The Critic.

 

Activity:

After seeing the video and answering the questions, write a week’s worth of diary entries that could have been written by Fanny Kemble while she was on the Georgia plantation.

 

Vocabulary:

abodes

anarchy

conscription

curmudgeon

depreciate

disbursement

gratuitously

greenbacks

nominal

nubbin

redundancy

retribution

scorn


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