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I Was Born a Slave

I Was Born a Slave

An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives: 1
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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.' 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 one (1770'"1849) includes the narratives of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa), William Grimes, Nat Turner, Charles Ball, Moses Roper, Frederick Douglass, Lewis and Milton Clarke, William Wells Brown, and Josiah Henson.

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Hardback Editions

February 1999 : Hardback
Title: I Was Born a Slave: 1772-1849 v. 1 (I Was Born a Slave)
Author(s): Yuval Taylor
ISBN: 1556523343 / 9781556523342 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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Kindle Editions

March 1999 : Kindle edition
Title: I Was Born a Slave: An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives: 1 (The Library of Black America series)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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