I Was Born a Slave
An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives: 1849-1866 Volume two
By (author) Yuval Taylor
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I Was Born a Slave by Yuval Taylor
Book DescriptionBetween 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781556523328
(228mm x 152mm x 42mm)
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Yuval Taylor
Darkest America, Hardback (August 2012)
An exploration and celebration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive and active after more than 150 years.
Faking it, Hardback (January 2007)
Musicians strive to "keep it real"; listeners condemn "fakes"; ... but does great music really need to be authentic?
I Was Born a Slave, Paperback (March 1999)» View all books by Yuval Taylor
A collection of twenty slave narratives arranged chronologically in two volumes. The narratives in this volume include tales of Africa, pirate ships, wild animals, and witches; a slave who had ten owners, and another who led a rebellion that killed fifty-five whites; and more.
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Author Biography - Yuval Taylor
Yuval Taylor is the coauthor of "Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music "and the editor of "Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told by Themselves."
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