I Was Born A Slave

I Was Born A Slave

An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives

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

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 narrativessuch as those of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobshave 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 one (17701849) includes the narratives of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa), William Grimes, Nat Turner, Charles Ball, Moses Roper, Frederick Douglass, Lewis and Milton Clarke, William Wells Brown, and Josiah Henson.

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


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