The Classic Slave Narratives

by Henry Louis Gates (Editor)

Paperback, 2012

Status

Available

Call number

973.0496073022

Collection

Library's review

Before the end of the civil war, over one hundred former slaves had written moving stories of their captivity and by 1944, when George washington Carver published his autobiography, over six thousand ex-slaves ahd written what caalled slave narratives. No group of slaves anywhere, in any other ear, has left such prolific testimony to the horror of bondage and servitude.… (more)

Publication

Signet (2012), Edition: Reissue, 688 pages

Description

Before the end of the civil war, over one hundred former slaves had written moving stories of their captivity and by 1944, when George Washington Carver published his autobiography, over six thousand ex-slaves had written what are called slave narratives. No group of slaves anywhere, in any other era, has left such prolific testimony to the horror of bondage and servitude.

User reviews

LibraryThing member tracyjayhawk
Powerful slave narratives, recalling the abuse and mistreatment of slavery. If a reader can get past the repitious form of the narrative, there are poignant stories to be told. Recent revelations regarding the authenticity of the stories though, especially "Narrative of a Slave Girl" casts some doubt on the work.
LibraryThing member Cecilturtle
Will shatter some preconceptions and prejudices

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1861: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
1845: Narrative of the Life of frederick Douglass
1831: The History of Mary Prince
1789: The Life of Olaudah Equiano

Physical description

688 p.; 4.19 inches

ISBN

0451532139 / 9780451532138
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