In the first portion of the second book in The Book of Negroes, they detail Aminata’s transition to life in Carolina and slavery under Robinson’s plantation. She quickly takes on a new name, Meena, due to an error in communication when meeting Georgia, and begins a new life where she learns to speak like the negro and the white men. She learns quickly of the way things on the plantation run and what is expected of her. She takes on new jobs and completes them quickly, gaining the favour of Mamed and Robinson. Georgia takes her to catch babies when she is required at another plantation, she is given different jobs, separate from the rest of the slaves. Mamed learns of Aminata’s faith and wishes to teach Aminata to speak and read, and become the favourite of the white man, to give her a fighting chance at surviving the slave world.
I was given a different view on how slavery on plantations work and how the slaves are treated. At the same time, I always have to call into question the accuracy of the historical information and whether or not these events could actually take place. I found it interesting that Aminata is often shown favouritism in several different situations due to her excellence in academics and work. She is able to pick up language, work, and logic extremely quickly which is depicted as a bad thing from other characters but rarely ever seems to prove severely detrimental to her. In conclusion I have many questions about the book but seeing as I am only part way through they may be answered later on.