HIS 311-01 Fall 1997

Guidelines for the Anna Kingsley assignment

Source: Anna Kingsley, revised edition, by Daniel L. Schafer (St. Augustine, FL: St. Augustine Historical Society, 1994), 37 pages & 7 pages of illustrations.


Read Schafer's book on Anna Kingsley by November 19. As you read, identify a topic that interests you from the history of Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, or the Caribbean, and learn more about it. You will then present your findings in two forms- -a paper worth 15% of your final grade, and an in-class presentation worth 10%.


Your paper should be double-spaced and type-written or printed on 8x11 white paper. Attach your pages with a staple in the upper left-hand corner--do no use any kind of cover or binder. Your text should completely fill at least five pages, while reference notes and bibliography should follow on separate pages. You do not need to include a separate title page, but place your name and the title of the paper at the top of the first page, and number all subsequent pages.

A warning about plagiarism: Since all of your information will come from other people's work and not your own primary research, I will expect to see plentiful endnotes. By the same token, do not use anything exactly as it appears in your source unless you enclose it in quotation marks and give it a reference note.

A word about reference notes: Reference notes are designed to allow the reader (Dr. Jones) to find your source and see that you used it properly. A compete bibliographic reference should contain the following items in this order with exact punctuation:

Author's first and last name, Title of the book (City of publication, State and/or Country: Publisher's full name, Date of publication), number of pages.
Magazine or journal article
Author's first and last name, "Title of article" in name of magazine or journal, Volume and/or issue number (Date of publication), page range in the issue.
Internet article
You may use Internet articles to get ideas, but if they contain information that appears in print, you MUST find, verify, and identify the printed version as your source. The only exception is raw data, in which case you must identify the person(s) who collected the data, their institutional affiliation, and the complete HTTP address where the data is located.

For additional information on how to write an complete bibliographic reference, see Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 5th edition (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1982), 111-174, available on reserve at the university library's reference desk. (If you find a newer edition, feel free to use it.)

Instructions for the in-class presentation : You will have exactly five minutes, which is not enough time to read your paper. Instead, use those five minutes to enhance our knowledge of some part of Anna Kingsley's narrative. In other words, explain the significance your topic for Kingsley's life story.

Use of Email: If you have any questions along the way, find something that you think is interesting, or want to try out your ideas before you write your paper, send it to me by Email. Either I will answer it myself or put it out for the class to discuss.

Topics: This list was culled from the Anna Kingsley book. If you want to do something that is not on this list, please describe it to me by email before you begin your research. To see which topics have already been selected, click here .

Topics (Page number where introduced in Schafer)

  1. Kajoor (look for Cayor) (1)
  2. Tyeddo warriors (1)
  3. Jolof or Wolof people (1)
  4. Origins of Islam in Senegal (1)
  5. Cape Vert (see Cape Verde) in 1806 (2)
  6. Futa Toro in 1806 (2)
  7. Rufisque in 1806 (2)
  8. Bambara states in 1806 (2)
  9. Male-female ratio in slave coffles (3)
  10. Goree Island in 1806 (4)
  11. Mulattos in Goree (see signares or seigneurs) (4)
  12. Denmark's role in the slave trade (5)
  13. Cuba in 1806 (6)
  14. The Haitian Revolution (6)
  15. The economy of the Caribbean sugar trade (7)
  16. St. Augustine in 1806 (7)
  17. Zanzibar in 1806 (9)
  18. Ibo Nigeria in 1806 (9)
  19. Susu people from Rio Pongo, Guinea (9)
  20. Jolof slave villages (10)
  21. Coastal slave factories (12)
  22. Spanish legislation on intermarriage (12)
  23. Manumission of slaves in West Africa (13)
  24. Manumission of slaves in Spanish America (13)
  25. Role of first wife in polygamy (14)
  26. Senegalese fisherman/sailors (15)
  27. Slaves who owned slaves in West Africa (16)
  28. East Florida insurrection 1784-1812 (17)
  29. Race laws in US and Spanish America (29-30)
  30. President Boyer of Haiti (33)