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African American Voices

African American Voices - rev edition

ISBN13: 978-1881089889

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ISBN13: 978-1881089889
ISBN10: 1881089886 Edition: REV 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Brandywine Press
Published: 1996
International: No

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African American Voices - REV 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-1881089889

Steven Mintz

ISBN13: 978-1881089889
ISBN10: 1881089886 Edition: REV 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Brandywine Press
Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

African American Voices begins long ago in distant Africa and proceeds to the horrors of the Middle Passage. Firsthand accounts tell of the auction block and the ripping apart of families. Slavery could mean humiliation, punishment, and rape. In defiance slaves could turn to flight or rebellion, or to the subtler resistance of religion and the artistry of spirituals. All of these experiences are recounted by slaves or eyewitnesses in Steven Mintz's African American Voices. This anthology of primary sources ends with emancipation: an end to official slavery, a beginning of more elaborately contrived forms of injustice.

Author Bio

Mintz, Steven (Ed.) : University of Houston

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: A History of Slavery in the Western World


PART I / ENSLAVEMENT: "Death's Gwineter Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me"

John Barbot
Ayubah Suleiman Diallo
Olaudah Equiano
Venture Smith

PART 2 / THE MIDDLE PASSAGE: "God's A Gwineter Trouble de Water"

James Barbot, Jr.
Olaudah Equiano
Alexander Falconbridge


PART 3 / ARRIVAL: "Dere's No Hidin' Place Down Here"

Olaudah Equiano
Alexander Falconbridge


PART 4 / CONDITIONS OF LIFE: "We Raise de Wheat, Dey Gib Us de Corn"

Solomon Northrup
Charles Ball
Josiah Henson
Francis Henderson
Jacob Stroyer
James Martin


PART 5 / CHILDHOOD: "Like a Motherless Child"

Jacob Stroyer
James W. C. Pennington
Lunsford Lane

PART 6 / FAMILY: "Nobody Knows de Trouble I See"

Laura Spicer
Josiah Henson
Lewis Clarke


PART 7 / RELIGION: "Go Home to My Lord and Be Free"

Oladah Equiano
Charles Ball
Peter Randolph
Henry Bibb


PART 8 / PUNISHMENT: "Oppressed So Hard They Could Not Stand"

Frederick Douglass
John Brown
William Wells Brown
Moses Roper
Lewis Clarke

PART 9 / RESISTANCE: "My Lord Says He's Gwineter Rain Down Fire"

Frederick Douglass
Nat Turner


PART 10 / FLIGHT: "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd"

Margaret Ward
Frederick Douglass
Harriet Tubman
Henry "Box" Brown
Margaret Garner


PART 11 / EMANCIPATION: "The Walls Come Tumblin' Down"

Private Thomas Long
Corporal Jackson Cherry
Jourdon Anderson
Major General Rufus Saxton
Colonel Samuel Thomas
Francis L. Cardozo
The Reverend Elias Hill
Henry Blake
Frederick Douglass

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