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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est , there he whipped longest . He would whip her to make her scream , and whip her to make her hush ; and not until overcome by fatigue , would he cease to swing the blood - clotted cowskin . ( 51 ) Here Douglass repeatedly " whips ...
In both the Anthony and the Hopkins passages , Douglass takes a " brute fact " ( linguistically and morally ) like the whipping of slaves and experiments with rhetorical contexts in which to turn that fact to his own expressive account ...
I told him that I had never had such a whipping in my life , and handed him the note . He looked at it and laughed ... He told me I must behave myself , if I did not want to be whipped again ” ( 57 ) . The discrepancies here between the ...
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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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