Author: Norman R. Yetman
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2012-03-01
Genre: Literary Collections
DIVMore than 2,000 former slaves provide first-person accounts in blunt, simple language about their lives in bondage. Illuminating, often startling information about southern life before, during, and after the Civil War. /div
Author: Frederick Douglass
Publisher: Big Nest via PublishDrive
Release Date: 2015-09-15
One of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life.
Author: Annie L. Burton
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2006-01-04
Genre: Social Science
The moving testimonies of five African-American women comprise this unflinching account of slavery in the pre-Civil War American South. Covering a wide range of narrative styles, the voices provide authentic recollections of hardship, frustration, and hope — from Mary Prince's groundbreaking account of a lone woman's tribulations and courage, the spiritual awakening of "Old Elizabeth," and Mattie Jackson's record of personal achievements, to the memoirs of Kate Drumgoold and Annie L. Burton. A compelling, authentic portrayal of women held as slaves in the antebellum South, these remarkable stories of courage and perseverance will be required reading for students of literature, history, and African-American studies.
Author: Harriet Ann Jacobs
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 2015-06-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
After hiding in her grandmother’s attic for seven years, Harriet Ann Jacobs was finally able to escape servitude—and her master’s sexual abuse—when she fled to the North. Once there, she became a very active abolitionist, and her correspondence with Harriet Beecher Stowe inspired her to write Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl about her years as a slave. She published the narrative in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent, and the book was written as a novel with fictionalized characters to protect Jacobs from retribution by her former owners. (Dr. Flint, i.e., the real Dr. James Norcom, is Linda Brent’s master in the novel.) The story emphasized certain negative aspects of slavery—especially the struggles of female slaves under sexually abusive masters, cruel mistresses, and the sale of their children—in order to play on the sympathies of white middle-class women in the North. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was published at the beginning of the American Civil War. It contributed to the Union’s and abolitionists’ war effort, but is today seen as an important first-hand account from an escaped slave woman and an important abolitionist. After the Civil War, Jacobs continued to support the African-American cause, particularly education, until her death in 1897. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Firsthand accounts of escapes from slavery in the American South include narratives by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman as well as lesser-known travelers of the Underground Railroad.
This 1838 autobiography recounts the experiences of a North Carolina slave who was sold or traded until his escape to New England. Roper's moving reminiscences offer a powerful account of life in bondage.
Author: Sojourner Truth
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2012-09-11
Genre: Social Science
Straightforward, yet often poetic, accounts of the battle for freedom, these memoirs by three courageous black women vividly chronicle their struggles in the bonds of slavery, their rebellion against injustice, and their determination to attain equality.
Author: The Federal Writers' Project
Release Date: 2015-06-18
BORN A SLAVE - Portraits of Ex-Slaves - An Introduction to the Slave Narratives From The Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938.Fragments of the Narratives complimented with a Photograph of the ex-slave giving testimony of their days in bondage. In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration sponsored a Federal Writers' Project dedicated to chronicling the experience of slavery as remembered by former slaves. African-American men and women born into slavery were interviewed. Their stories were recorded and transcribed. Over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Federal Writers' Project. These ex-slaves provided first-hand accounts of their experiences and knowledge of life on southern plantations. Their narratives remain a potent resource for understanding how America's slaves lived and died. These fragments of slave life offer a broad view of slavery in North America, allowing readers to explore and research areas of slavery such as work, sickness, punishments, resistance, escape, family life, food, marriage, relationships with masters, overseers and religious beliefs. Before the American Civil War, some authors wrote fictional accounts of slavery to create support for abolitionism. The prime example is Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The success of her novel and the social tensions of the time brought a response by white southern writers, such as William Gilmore Simms and Mary Eastman, who published what were called anti-Tom novels. Both kinds of novels were bestsellers in the 1850s. A total of about 600,000 enslaved people were imported into the Thirteen Colonies and the U.S, constituting 5% of the twelve million enslaved people brought from Africa to the Americas. The great majority of enslaved Africans were transported to sugar colonies in the Caribbean and to Brazil. Some reports have estimated that close to two million slaves were brought to the American South from Africa and the West Indies during the centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. Approximately 20% of the population of the American South over the years has been African American, and as late as 1900, 9 out of every 10 African Americans lived in the South. Slave and ex-slave narratives are important not only for what they tell us about African American history and literature, but also because they reveal to us the complexities of the dialogue between whites and blacks in this country in the last two centuries, particularly for African Americans. The Library of Congress offers its online collection of more than 2300 interview transcripts. The site also contains pictures and sound recordings related to the Federal Writers' Project. In total there are now 33 volumes of the slave narratives.Slave Narrative Volumes1. Alabama Narratives 2. Arkansas Narratives, Part 1 3. Arkansas Narratives, Part 2 4. Arkansas Narratives, Part 3 5. Arkansas Narratives, Part 4 6. Arkansas Narratives, Part 5 7. Arkansas Narratives, Part 6 8. Arkansas Narratives, Part 7 9. Florida Narratives 10. Georgia Narratives, Part 1 11. Georgia Narratives, Part 2 12. Georgia Narratives, Part 3 13. Georgia Narratives, Part 4 14. Indiana Narratives 15. Kansas Narratives 16. Kentucky Narratives 17. Maryland Narratives 18. Mississippi Narratives 19. Missouri Narratives 20. North Carolina Narratives, Part 1 21. North Carolina Narratives, Part 2 22. Ohio Narratives 23. Oklahoma Narratives 24. South Carolina Narratives, Part 1 25. South Carolina Narratives, Part 2 26. South Carolina Narratives, Part 3 27. South Carolina Narratives, Part 4 28. Tennessee Narratives 29. Texas Narratives, Part 1 30. Texas Narratives, Part 2 31. Texas Narratives, Part 3 32. Texas Narratives, Part 4 33. Virginia Narratives