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Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Dover Thrift Editions)
Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Olive Gilbert
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This inspiring memoir, first published in 1850, recounts the struggles of a distinguished African-American abolitionist and champion of women's rights. Sojourner Truth tells of her life in slavery, her self-liberation, and her travels across America in... (read more)

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12 Years a Slave: (Movie Tie-In)
12 Years a Slave: (Movie Tie-In)
by Solomon Northup
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Now a major motion picture starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard, this tie-in edition features a foreword from acclaimed director... (read more)

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Norton Critical Editions)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Norton Critical Editions)
by Harriet Jacobs
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The text is that of the 1861 first edition. Contexts includes contemporary responses to Incidents, selections from Jacobs's other published writings, and extracts from her correspondence. Criticism includes eleven important assessments of the narrative... (read more)

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Life of Olaudah Equiano (Dover Thrift Editions)
Life of Olaudah Equiano (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Olaudah Equaino
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Compelling work traces the formidable journey of an Igbo prince from captivity to freedom and literacy and recounts his enslavement in the New World, service in the Seven Years War with General Wolfe in Canada, voyages to the Arctic with the Phipps... (read more)

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The Classic Slave Narratives
The Classic Slave Narratives
by Henry Louis Jr Gates
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presents a seminal volume of four classic slave narratives, including the 1749 texts of The Life of Olaudah Equiano, the last edition corrected and published in his lifetime. The collection also includes perhaps the best known and... (read more)

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To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker
To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker
by Sydney Nathans
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What was it like for a mother to flee slavery, leaving her children behind? To Free a Family tells the remarkable story of Mary Walker, who in August 1848 fled her owner for refuge in the North and spent the next seventeen years trying to recover her... (read more)

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The Classic Slave Narratives (Signet Classics)
The Classic Slave Narratives (Signet Classics)
by Henry Louis Gates
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presents a seminal volume of four classic slave narratives, including the 1749 texts of The Life of Olaudah Equiano, the last edition corrected and published in his lifetime. The collection also includes perhaps the best known and... (read more)

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The Bondwoman's Narrative
The Bondwoman's Narrative
by Hannah Crafts
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The "New York Times" bestseller that is possibly the first novel written by an African-American woman is now in trade paperback. "Immensely entertaining and illuminating."--"New York Times Book Review."... (read more)

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When I Was a Slave : Memoirs From the Slave Narrative Collection (02 Edition)
When I Was a Slave : Memoirs From the Slave Narrative Collection (02 Edition)
by Norman R. (ed.) Yetman
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More than 2,000 interviews with former slaves, who, in blunt, simple language, provide often-startling first-person accounts of their lives in bondage. Includes some of the most detailed, compelling, and engrossing life histories in the Slave Narrative... (read more)

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I Belong to South Carolina: South Carolina Slave Narratives
I Belong to South Carolina: South Carolina Slave Narratives
by Susanna Ashton
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Rare firsthand accounts of slavery from across the Palmetto State collected together for the first... (read more)

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Classic African American Women's Narratives (Schomburg Library of Black Women Writers)
Classic African American Women's Narratives (Schomburg Library of Black Women Writers)
by William L Andrews
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Classic African American Women's Narratives offers teachers, students, and general readers a one-volume collection of the most memorable and important prose written by African American women before 1865. The book reproduces the canon of African American... (read more)

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harvest/HBJ Book)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harvest/HBJ Book)
by Harriet Jacobs
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An authentic autobiographical account of slave life in the South from the 1820s to the 1840s. To escape sexual exploitation by her master, Brent ran away and hid in an attic crawl space that became her home for seven years of unbelievable physical... (read more)

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Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend
by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
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Merging exhaustively researched history and grand storytelling, Gerzina reveals the true story of a remarkable couple whose lives contain the paradoxes of slavery in New England. Illustrated.... (read more)

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The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives
The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives
by Devon W. (edt) Carbado
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In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades—more than half of which have been long out of print. Told... (read more)

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Contributions in Afro-American & African Studies #183: The Problem of Embodiment in Early African American Narrative
Contributions in Afro-American & African Studies #183: The Problem of Embodiment in Early African American Narrative
by Katherine Fishburn
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Offering a revolutionary way of reading 19th-century slave narratives, Fishburn seeks to recover the philosophical foundations of African American literature. Underlying slave narrative is an expression of the problem of physical embodiment; that is, the... (read more)

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The Slave's Narrative
The Slave's Narrative
by Charles T Davis
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These autobiographies of Afro-American ex-slaves comprise the largest body of literature produced by slaves in human history. The book consists of three sections: selected reviews of slave narratives, dating from 1750 to 1861; essays examining how such... (read more)

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Stolen Into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
Stolen Into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
by Judith Bloom Fradin
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Solomon Northup awoke in the middle of an April night in 1841 with his body trembling, his head throbbing, and a terrifying question in his mind: Where was he? He slowly realized that he was in a dark, dank, foul-smelling dungeon in Washington, D.C... (read more)

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The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)
The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)
by Olaudah Equiano
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A revised and expanded edition of the classic account of the slave trade by a native African, former slave, and loyal British... (read more)

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I Was Born a Slave Volume 1 1770 1849
I Was Born a Slave Volume 1 1770 1849
by Yuval Taylor
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Between 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.”... (read more)

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Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841
Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841
by Solomon Northup
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Solomon Northup was born a free black man in upstate New York in 1808. By 1841, he had become a husband, a father, a raftsman, and a talented fiddle-player. That year, while his family was away, he agreed to accompany two men to Washington DC, on what he... (read more)

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