I Was Born A Slave

I Was Born A Slave

An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Gathers twenty of the most significant slave narratives published since the Civil War

Book News
In the second of two volumes, Taylor (director of the Library of Black America series) collects the ten most significant slave narratives published as books or pamphlets between 1849 and 1866. The stories present a full and detailed picture of slavery the whippings, torture, starvation, resistance, and hairbreadth escapes; slave auctions, kidnappings, and murders; sexual abuse, religious confusion, the struggle to learn to read and write; and the triumphs and difficulties of life as free men and women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Independent Publishing Group
Between 1760 and 1902, more than 200 book-length autobiographies of ex-slaves were published; together they form the basis for all subsequent African American literature. I Was Born a Slave collects the 20 most significant “slave narratives.” They describe whippings, torture, starvation, resistance, and hairbreadth escapes; slave auctions, kidnappings, and murders; sexual abuse, religious confusion, the struggle of learning to read and write; and the triumphs and difficulties of life as free men and women. Many of the narratives—such as those of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs—have achieved reputations as masterpieces; but some of the lesser-known narratives are equally brilliant. This unprecedented anthology presents them unabridged, providing each one with helpful introductions and annotations, to form the most comprehensive volume ever assembled on the lives and writings of the slaves. Volume Two (1849–1866) includes the narratives of Henry Bibb, James W. C. Pennington, Solomon Northup, John Brown, John Thompson, William and Ellen Craft, Harriet Jacobs (Linda Brent), Jacob D. Green, James Mars, and William Parker.


Publisher: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, c1999
ISBN: 9781556523328
1556523327
9781556523359
1556523351
9781556523311
1556523319
9781556523342
1556523343
Branch Call Number: 920.009 IWA
Characteristics: 2 v., xxxviii, 764, 796 p. : 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Yuval - Editor

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