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The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave (1831) was the first female slave narrative from the Americas. The Story of Mattie J.Jackson (1866) recounts a quest for personal freedom and ends with a family reunion in the North after the Civil War. The Memoir of Old Elizabeth, a Colored Woman (1863) is the tale of a 97-year-old ex-slave who became a preacher. Lucy A.Dela ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1988)
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I hate that I couldn't finish this. I really wanted to understand and maybe establish a deeper understanding of myself through the stories of enslaved women. But I found it hard to read these stories of injustice and maltreatment. Picturing all too vivid images of the pain and suffering they encountered, it became too real and emotionally draining to finish. Kudos to anyone that can get through this without openly weeping. Maybe I will try to finish when I am in a different place. But for now, I ...more
The different sizes of print between the six narratives can be a little annoying. Also, some of the narratives are transcribed, rather than written by the ex-slaves themselves. Stay away from Kate Drumgoold's narrative, which is the most frustrating, a-linear autobiographical account I've ever read. The book overall is a valuable addition for those who study slave narratives, but not essential for general readers.
This is a moving collection of essays by six slave women during the the civil war era but their locations differ regionally which inevitably have an effect on the overall experience of the women as individuals. It is somewhat graphic but gives an incredible perspective.
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