Six Women's Slave Narratives by William L. AndrewsSix Women's Slave Narratives by William L. Andrews

Six Women's Slave Narratives

Introduction byWilliam L. Andrews

Paperback | December 1, 1995

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Written by six black women, these stories embody most of the predominant themes and narrative forms found in African-American women's autobiographies from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave (1831), the first female slave narrativefrom the Americas, recounts one woman's suffering and courage in the pursuit of freedom. The Story of Mattie J. Jackson (1866) not only tells of a quest for personal freedom, but also concludes with a family reunion in the North after the Civil War. The Memoir of Old Elizabeth, a Coloured Woman(1863) blends the traditions of the slave narrative and the spiritual autobiography together in a tale of a ninety-seven-year-old ex-slave who becomes a preacher. Lucy A. Delaney's From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or, Struggles for Freedom (c. 1891) records a former slave's life achievements inthe quarter-century following the end of the Civil War. Kate Drumgoold, in A Slave Girl's Story, and Annie L. Burton, in Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days, also describe their successes in the postwar North while eulogizing black motherhood in the antebellum South. Each of these stories revealsthe black woman's ability to recover in past oppression the hope for a better day.
William L. Andrews is at University of Kansas. William L. Andrews is at University of Kansas.
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Title:Six Women's Slave NarrativesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 4.57 × 6.46 × 1.02 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195060830

ISBN - 13:9780195060836

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Six Women's Slave narratives contains stories that embody most of the predominant themes and narrative forms found in African-American women's autobiographies from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beginning with the first female slave narrative from the Americas, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave (1831), the collection includes writings by 'Old Elizabeth, ' Mattie J. Jackson, Lucy A. Delaney, Kate Drumgoold, and Annie L. Burton.

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