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African American slave narratives of the 19th century recorded the atrocities of the antebellum South and provided a solid foundation for the African American literary tradition. By presenting 16 slave narratives in their entirety, this reference conveniently documents this historically significant literary genre. A vivid and moving history of African Americans seeking to establish community, liberty, economic independence, and education within the constraints of a repressive society. This reference intentionally...
African American slave narratives of the 19th century recorded the atrocities of the antebellum South and provided a solid foundation for the African American literary tradition. By presenting 16 slave narratives in their entirety, this reference conveniently documents this historically significant literary genre. A vivid and moving history of African Americans seeking to establish community, liberty, economic independence, and education within the constraints of a repressive society. This reference intentionally avoids well-known narratives and instead collects unavailable and otherwise difficult-to-find texts. To add to the value of the work for researchers and general readers alike, each narrative is accompanied by a preface, explanatory notes, and suggestions for further reading.
Many of the narratives gathered here were influential when initially published; Josiah Henson's presentation of himself, for example, embodies many of the characteristics given to Uncle Tom by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her novel Uncle ToM's Cabin. While other collections often only provide excerpts from widely available texts, this reference includes complete narratives. The introductions and annotations redefine current thinking in the field by closely examining how these authors used language, structured their writing, and crafted their autobiographies. By examining the historical, cultural, literary, and social issues that African Americans have faced since their arrival, this reference provides the broad context necessary to understand the literary, historical, and intellectual traditions from which these writings developed.
Bearing Witness: The Fugitive Slave Narrative and Its Traditions
Nat Turner: The Confessions of Nat Turner, The Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va 1831
Moses Roper: A Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery
Henry Bib: Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave
Lunsford Lane: The Narrative of Lundsford Lane, Formerly of Raleigh, N.C. 1845
Lewis and Milton Clarke: Narratives of the Suffering of Lewis and Milton Clarke, Son of a Soldier of Slaveholders of Kentucky, One of the So Called Christian States of North America
William Hayden: Narrative of William Hayden, Containing A Faithful Account of His Travels for a Number of Years, Whilst a Slave, in the South
William Wells Brown: Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave
Henry "Box" Brown: Narrative of Henry Box Brown, Who Escaped from Slavery Enclosed in a Box 3 Feet Long by 2 Feet Wide
Josiah Henson: The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada
James W.C. Pennington: The Fugitive Blacksmith; or, Events in the History of James W.C. Pennington Pastor of a Presbyterian Church, New York, Formerly Slave in the State of Maryland, United States 1850
William Green: Narrative of the Events in the Life of William Green
John Thompson: The Life of John Thompson A Fugitive Slave, Containing His History of Twenty-five Years in Bondage, and His Providential Escape
Austin Stweart: Twenty-Two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman: Embracing a Correspondence of Several Years, While President of Wilberforce Colony
NoahDavis: A Narrative of the Life of Rev. Noah Davis, A Colored Man
William and Ellen Craft: Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery 1860
James Mars: Life of James Mars, A Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut