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Understanding 19th-Century Slave Narratives

Understanding 19th-Century Slave Narratives by Sterling Bland
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Naturally, it is not possible to really know what being a slave during the antebellum period in America was like without living the experience. But students CAN get eye-opening insight into what it was like through the gripping stories of bravery, courage, persistence, and resiliency in this collection of annotated slave narratives from the period.

Each of the collected narratives includes an introduction that provides readers with key historical context on the particular life examined. Moreover, each narrative is accompanied by annotations that broaden the reader's comprehension of that primary document. The primary source documents in this volume tell enthralling stories, such as how slave woman Ellen Craft utilized her particularly pale complexion to pose as a free white man overseeing his slaves to free herself and her husband, and how Henry Brown successfully shipped himself to freedom in a box measuring scarcely 3 feet by two feet by six inches deep—despite being more than six feet tall.

ABC-CLIO; June 2016
328 pages; ISBN 9781440844645
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Title: Understanding 19th-Century Slave Narratives
Author: Sterling Bland