Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told By Themselves

Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told By Themselves

by Yuval Taylor, Kathleen Judge
     
 

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Ten slaves—all under the age of 19—tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full-length autobiographies. These accounts, selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age living in the not-so-distant past, include stories of young slaves torn from

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Ten slaves—all under the age of 19—tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full-length autobiographies. These accounts, selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age living in the not-so-distant past, include stories of young slaves torn from their mothers and families, suffering from starvation, and being whipped and tortured. But these are not all tales of deprivation and violence; teenagers will relate to accounts of slaves challenging authority, playing games, telling jokes, and falling in love. These stories cover the range of the slave experience, from the passage in slave ships across the Atlantic—and daily life as a slave both on large plantations and in small-city dwellings—to escaping slavery and fighting in the Civil War. The writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, and other lesser-known slaves are included.

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"Reveal[s] what it was like to come of age under such cruel conditions. Stirring."  —The Seattle Times
 
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556526350
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
937,354
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Yuval Taylor is a senior editor at Lawrence Hill Books, where he pioneered the Library of Black America series. He is the editor of The Cartoon Music Book, The Future of Jazz, the two-volume anthology I Was Born a Slave, and a collection of the writings and speeches of Frederick Douglass. He lives in Chicago.

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