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The Classic Slave Narratives by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Dec 19, 2010

really liked it

The History of Mary Prince
This was a great narrative. Through Mary's story you almost felt like you were there like you felt her pains and sufferings. The cruelty and selfishness of being a slaveholder is portrayed within the lines of this story. It is shown how slaves would create communities within themselves to substitute their families. The themes of torture, cruelty, loneliness, suffering, knowledge, and freedom. Mary Price is taken to England where she know she is free, but yet cannot leave her masters. She wishes to return to the West Indies to be with her husband, but although freed in England returning would cause her re-enslavement. I would recommend this narrative to just about anybody because it is such a powerful story.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass' narrative was powerful, but a little bit boring. Through the story he tells it is seen how there can be self determination to reach ones goals. He was separated from his mother at such a young age that her death was as if it was of a stranger. Proving the impact slavery has on families. Douglass learns how to read and write. This encourages him to become free and become a better man than slavery. His goals and accomplishments were the same as many, only that he realized it. Through this narrative it is seen how the oppressed can always work to better itself.
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Lanier Well Done! I was hoping for a little more, but you've written about these well in Essays and in-class writings... Where's Jacobs's write-up? That would've been extra! Where's Phillis Wheatley?

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