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Slave Narratives (college)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The ten works collected in this volume demonstrate how a diverse group of writers challenged the conscience of a nation and laid the foundations of the African American literary tradition by expressing their in anger, pain, sorrow, and courage.

Included in the volume: Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw; Interesting Na
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Paperback, 1045 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Library of America (first published January 15th 2000)
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Czarny Pies
Oct 05, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: american-history
For at least three reasons, anybody living in a country with a significant number of descendants of African slaves should read one or two collection of slave narratives.

The first reason is that the Goodreads software has allowed you to identify over 500 books that you have read and has left you with the impression that you have read another 500 book whose names you can remember. Thus know that one volume of slave narratives represents roughly one tenth of 1 % of your life's total readings. This
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The ten works collected in this volume demonstrate how a diverse group of writers challenged the conscience of a nation and laid the foundations of the African American literary tradition by expressing their in anger, pain, sorrow, and courage.

Included in the volume: Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw; Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; The Confessions of Nat Turner; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; Narrat

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Christopher Sutch
See my reviews for each of the ten slave narratives in this volume. I do want to add, though, that it appears to me as if the "4.15" average rating for this book must be based on aesthetic grounds (i.e., some of the narratives are not well-written). There are two things I'd like to say about this: most of these narratives were written by ex-slaves who came more or less late to literacy in reading and writing; a little roughness around the edges is only to be expected (and there IS a certain aest ...more
Jared
This is a really interesting collection of several different biographies of former slaves. There are some amazing stories about the events they lived through and some truly nauseating accounts of how people were treated by other people. It was interesting to get the little tidbits of history because there were some "normal" people and then some more famous people. Several of the normal people focused a significant portion of their stories on their conversions to Christianity, which got a little ...more
Jacob Israel Chilton
Only read the The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Check out the Appendix - super powerful rhetoric of denunciation.
Lawrence Mceachin
A great read for all audiences. For me, it brought out the true struggles slaves went through. It was even sometimes humorous!!
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