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The Classic Slave Narratives

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Editor), Frederick Douglass, Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, Mary Prince

Other authors: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Introduction)

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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.… (more)
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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.
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Frederick Douglass's account is searing. The plantation owners create a system of unremitting torture and terror. Slaves are whipped for no reason, forced to work every moment of the day, and are always hungry for lack of food. Douglass rebels, and, impossibly, survives.
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Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglass, Frederickmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Equiano, Olaudahmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobs, Harrietmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Prince, Marymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.Introductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This omnibus, which was edited by Henry Louis Gates, junior, contains 4 classic slave narratives:
  • The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudiah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789)
  • The history of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave
  • Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave (1845) by Frederick Douglass
  • Incidents in the life of a slave girl


Please do not combine this with SLAVE NARRATIVES, also edited by Henry Louis Gates, junior, which does not contain THE HISTORY OF MARY PRINCE but contains 7 other narratives instead.
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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.

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The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African -- The history of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave -- Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave -- Incidents in the life of a slave girl / [Harriet Jacobs, writing as Linda Brent].
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