To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865
To Tell A Free Story traces in unprecedented detail the history of Black autobiography from the colonial era through Emancipation. Beginning with the 1760 narrative by Briton Hammond, William L. Andrews explores first-person public writings by Black Americans. Andrews includes but also goes beyond slave narratives to analyze spiritual biographies, criminal confessions, captivity stories, travel accounts, interviews, and memoirs. As he shows, Black writers continuously faced the fact that northern whites often refused to accept their stories and memories as sincere, and especially distrusted portraits of southern whites as inhuman. Black writers had to silence parts of their stories or rely on subversive methods to make facts tellable while contending with the sensibilities of the white editors, publishers, and readers they relied upon and hoped to reach.
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By contrast , James Curry , a fugitive whose story the Liberator printed in January 1840 , refused to steal from his master even though the white man had wrongfully taken a pig from him . “ My mother had taught me not to steal , " Curry ...
Slightly better known was the Narrative of Henry Watson , a Fugitive Slave ( 1848 ) , the product of a professional abolitionist lecturer whose work was endorsed by Garrison himself in the Liberator . Watson's brief , impersonal , fact ...
William Wells Brown happily reported the salutary effect of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the British conscience in the Liberator.21 What troubled some black abolitionists , however , was the inapplicability of the morality of 180 To Tell a Free ...
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Andrews describes and analyzes many autobiographies here, but his primary focus is on "slave narratives'' by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs (a.k.a. Linda Brent), and J. D. Green. He convincingly ... Consulter l'avis complet
Voices of the First Fifty Years 17601810
Experiments in Two Modes 181040
Green Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs
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