One of the first steps in any research project is to acquire a basic understanding of the scope of your chosen research topic.
Many of us have skipped this step, but doing so is to your own detriment in the success of writing a good research paper. Getting a broad understanding, knowing what's going on, or more generally understanding the context about your topic will save you a lot of hassle later. Knowing in broad terms within your topic will help you create a research question or a thesis statement that you will then research.
Reference material are the best places to start. In the Get Background Information box are some examples of great resources that cover topics related to issues covered in Sue Monk Kidd's book. Click on the book links, log in using your library card number, and click on the entry that you wish to read. Note that we give you suggestions about what you'll find in the book under the call number.
As you read through some of the reference entries:
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves
by United States Works Project Administration
American Negro Slavery: A Survey of the Supply, Employment and Control of Negro Labor as Determined by the Plantation Regime
by Ulrich Bonnell Phillips
The Grimke Sisters
by Catherine H. Birney