Running Out of Night
When teaching about slavery, it is very difficult to try and emulate the horrific tragedies that people endured. Oftentimes, the perspective of those enslaved is overlooked and replaced with cold, distanced facts. In Lovejoy’s novel, she chose to embody Zenobia, a slave girl who lived in the south. This captivating story is written in a rural mid-18th century dialect that takes the reader to a different era. This is a story that resembles that of the underground railroad- about slaves that are desperately searching for freedom and equality.
Although the dialect may be a bit difficult to understand, there is a very handy glossary provided in the back of the text that allows students to read the dialectical word, and the more Standard English translation. This gives students a taste of lexical differences, and how English is as versatile as the history and diversity of the people who speak it.
This would be an excellent text to use if teaching a unit on Slavery, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, or to help students gain background information on American History.
College of Arts & Sciences
University of Delaware