From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England

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An anthology of five of the best autobiographical narratives detailing black life in New England in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The volume is accompanied by Cottrol's introduction, which discusses their significance and the window that they open on the lives of black New Englanders as they moved from eighteenth century slavery to freedom and the struggle for equality in the nineteenth century.
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An anthology of five of the best autobiographical narratives detailing black life in New England in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The volume is accompanied by Cottrol's introduction, which discusses their significance and the window that they open on the lives of black New Englanders as they moved from eighteenth century slavery to freedom and the struggle for equality in the nineteenth century.
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Five autobiographical narratives (originally published between 1838 and 1894) discuss the lives and observations of ordinary people, including Elleanor Eldridge, a laundress; William J. Brown, a shoemaker; and George Henry, a laborer at a variety of odd jobs. The editor's introduction discusses the significance of the writings, and places each in its historical context. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765601100
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/1998
  • Pages: 248
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa, but Resident Above Sixty Years in the United States of America 1
Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge 33
Life of James Mars, A Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut 49
The Life of William J. Brown of Providence, R.I. with Personal Recollections of Incidents in Rhode Island 73
Life of George Henry Together with a Brief History of the Colored People in America 203
A Select Bibliography on the Black Experience in New England 215
Index 217
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