William Wells Brown


Born
in Lexington, KY, The United States
November 06, 1814

Died
November 06, 1884

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William Wells Brown was a prominent African-American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian. Born into slavery in the Southern United States, Brown escaped to the North in 1834, where he worked for abolitionist causes and was a prolific writer. His novel Clotel (1853) is considered the first novel written by an African American; it was published in London, where he was living at the time. Brown was a pioneer in several different literary genres, including travel writing, fiction, and drama. He has a school named after him in Lexington, Kentucky and was among the first writers inducted to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

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Clotel: or, The President's...

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The Narrative of William W....

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The Escape: A Leaf For Freedom

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Three Classic African-Ameri...

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William Wells Brown: A Reader

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From Fugitive Slave to Free...

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Three Years in Europe

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Clotel & Other Writings

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My Southern Home: Or, the S...

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The American Fugitive in Eu...

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“He was a regular Yankee from New England. The Yankees are noted for making the most cruel overseers.”
William Wells Brown, The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave

“Though slavery is thought, by some, to be mild in Missouri, when compared with the cotton, sugar and rice growing States, yet no part of our slave-holding country, is more noted for the barbarity of its inhabitants, than St. Louis. It”
William Wells Brown, The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave

“A few weeks after, on our downward passage, the boat took on board, at Hannibal, a drove of slaves, bound for the New Orleans market. They numbered from fifty to sixty, consisting of men and women from eighteen to forty years of age. A drove of slaves on a southern steamboat, bound for the cotton or sugar regions, is an occurrence so common, that no one, not even the passengers, appear to notice it, though they clank their chains at every step. There”
William Wells Brown, The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave

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