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Slave Narratives

The slave narratives of Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass and other American slaves played an important part in the abolitionist movement, but the tales also contributed to the literary discourse, as they depicted "injustice, exposure to outrage, and savage barbarity"...
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African-American Literature Anthologies
African-American literature has a rich history of wonderful writers, including: Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, and others. These books collect some of the greatest works by African-American writers.

Mark Twain - What Did Mark Twain Write About Slavery? Was He a Racist?
What did Mark Twain write about slavery? What was his view on slaves? How did Mark Twain's background influence his perceptions on African Americans?

My Escape from Slavery
In "My Escape from Slavery," Frederick Douglass writes, "In the first narrative of my experience in slavery, written nearly forty years ago, and in various writings since, I have given the public what I considered very good reasons for withholding the manner of my escape."

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Read "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," in which Frederick Douglass writes: "I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland. I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it."

Reconstruction - Frederick Douglass
Read "Reconstruction," by Frederick Douglass.

Slave Narratives
Slave narratives are an important part of American literature. Writers like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs helped to dispell many of the misconceptions of slavery, as they revealed personal experiences. These books tell their stories...

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