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African American Frontiers: Slave Narratives and Oral Histories
by Alan Govenar
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African American FrontierS≪/I> concentrates on the period from 1703, the date of the first published narrative of an African slave's attainment of freedom in the American colonies, to 1948, the year in which President Harry S. Truman integrated the United States armed forces through Executive Order 9981.
This book is an invaluable historical resource that brings together diverse first-person accounts of individual African Americans through primary source documents, including: Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped the South by express mailing himself to Philadelphia in a wooden crate; Herb Jeffries, who introduced the black cowboy in Westerns; and Eunice Jackson, whose funeral home was destroyed in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Such little known stories, most of them previously unpublished, resonate with the determination, forbearance, moral strength, and imagination of the tellers, and give readers an opportunity to see the world as it once was, as told by the men and women who lived in it.
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The harsh road from slavery to citizenship passed through many frontiers. This collection of writings offers an overview of and insights into African American frontiers, from the publication of the first slave narrative in 1703, to 1948 when President Truman integrated the Armed Forces. The book is a useful historical resource that brings together diverse first-person accounts of individual African Americans through primary source documents. These accounts enable the reader to see the world as it once was, as told by the men and women who lived in it.
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