Narratives of the Lives of our First "Black Americans"
Narratives, Biographies and Classic Works Depicting The Early History of "Black America"
Contents - 16 Complete Searchable Text as described
Three Major Works of Fiction about the "Black American" Experience
of Henry Watson, a fugitive slave Boston: B. Marsh, Watson, Henry,
1848, 48 pgs.
|2. American Negro Slavery: A Survey of the Supply, Emnployment and Control of Negro Labor as determined by the Plantation Regime, by Ulrich
years a slave : narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York,
kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and rescued in 1853 from a cotton
plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana. Auburn: Derby and Miller,
1853, Northup, Solomon, 342 pgs.
|4. A Folk History of Slavery in the United States:
From Interviews with
Former Slaves, records prepared by the Federal Writers' project
1936-1938, assembled by the Library of Congress Project, Work Projects
Administration, for the District of Columbia, sponsored by the Library
of Congress, Washington 1941, official project No. 165-2-26-7 Work
Project No. 540, 1367 Pgs.
of James Williams : an American slave, who was for several years a
driver on a cotton plantation in Alabama. New York: American Anti-Slavery
Society, 1838, Williams, James, 108 pgs.
of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb, an American slave New York:
The author, 1849, Bibb, Henry, 209 pgs.
life in Georgia : a narrative of the life, sufferings, and escape of John
Brown, a fugitive slave, now in England London: May be had on application
to the editor, 1855, Brown, John, 256 pgs.
|8. The Confessions of Nat Turner:
The leader of the late insurrections in Southampton, VA As fully
and voluntarily made to Thomas R. Gray, Lucas and Denver Print, 1831 -
also an authentic account of the whole insurrection with lists of the
whites who were murdered and of the negroes brought before the court of
Southampton and there sentenced
Rev. J.W. Loguen, as a slave and as a freeman : a narrative of real
life. Syracuse, N.Y.: J.G.K. Truair & Co., stereotypers and printers,
1859, Loguen, Jermain Wesley 456 pgs.
Sally, or, The cross the way to freedom : a narrative of the slave-life
and purchase of the mother of Rev. Isaac Williams, of Detroit, Michigan.
Cincinnati: American Reform Tract and Book Society, 1858, 224 pgs.
|11. Slave Biographies: A compiled Document containing the following EIGHT Biographies: Biography of a Slave by Charles
Thompson, 1875, The Interesting Narrative of the Life
of Olaudah Equiana or Gustavus Vassa the African, My Life in the South by Jacob
Stroyer, 1898, Narrative of the Life and Adventures of
Henry Bibb, Narrative of the Life of J.D. Green, 1864, Narrative of the Most Remarkable
Particulars in the Life of James, Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African
Prince, 1772, Narrative of the Life of Moses
Grandy, 1844, Narrative of Lunsford Lane, 1842
|12. Slavery on Long Island, New York: "Slavery came early to Brookhaven. In 1672 Robert Hudson of Rye sold a
negro man named Antony, who had belonged to John Ogdon of Rye, to Richard
Floyd of Brookhaven. Two men were to look him over and guarantee him sound
in "wiend and lime". For him Richard Floyd was to pay to Alexander Brian
of Milford 48 pounds sterling in two installments, " and alsoe to pay 10
shillings here in this towne, and lett his horse go to Southould gratis,
it is to be understood the pay be in wheat or pork and beafe at machants
was signed by Hudson and Floyd. Why the money or rather goods was to be
paid to Brian instead of Hudson I cannot find out, or what Floyd's horse
going gratis to Southold had to do with it. Any way, Richard Floyd did
not keep Antony long, for in two years we find him selling him to John
Hurd of Stratford, Ct.
is a still earlier slave transaction. Isaac Rainer of So»thampton
sold a negro man named S amboe to John Thomas of "Setakett elles brookhaven,"
for nineteen barrels of whale oil in good thick casks to be delivered "aboute
unkachaunk upon the beach." The value was 38 pounds." -
quoted from Kate W. Strong - 1950
|13. The Emancipation Proclamation:
Whereas on the 22nd day of September, 1862, a proclamation was issued
by the president of the United States, containing the following . . .
|14. Uncle Remus His Songs and His Sayings: The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation, New York: D. Appleton and Company, Joel Chandler Harris, 1881, 93 Pages - ON July 20, 1879 an undersized thirty-year-old
journalist from Atlanta known as Joe Harris began a journey from relative
obscurity to interregional fame. On that day, the Atlanta Constitution published
the young copy editor's "Story of Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Fox as told by Uncle Remus." His purpose was not ethnology, or
folklore analysis, but simply documentation. He doubted that his stories and
character sketches would have any lasting historical value. Within months, magazines across the country were
reprinting his tales, and after more than 1,000 written requests for a
collection, the first Uncle Remus book was published in November, 1880.
|15. Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life among the Lowly:
a novel by American author Harriet
Beecher Stowe which treats slavery as a central theme. The novel is
believed to have had a profound effect on the North's view of slavery.
First published on March 20, 1852, the story focuses on the tale of
Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave, the central character around
whose life the other characters, both fellow slaves and slave owners,
revolve. The novel depicts the harsh reality of slavery while also
showing that Christian love and faith can overcome even something as
evil as enslavement of fellow human beings.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century (and
the second best-selling book of the century after the Bible) and is credited with helping
to fuel the abolitionist
cause in the 1850s. The book also created and spread several common stereotypes about
African-Americans, many of which endure to this day. These include the
affectionate, dark-skinned mammy; the PickaninnyUncle Tom, or dutiful,
long-suffering servant faithful to his white master or mistress. In recent
years, the negative associations with Uncle Tom's Cabin have to a large
degree overshadowed the historical impact of the book. stereotype of black children; and the
|16. Up From Slavery; An Autobiography: Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday &
Co., 1901. During his lifetime, Booker T. Washington was a national leader for the
betterment of African Americans in the post-Reconstruction South. He advocated
for economic and industrial improvement of Blacks while accommodating Whites on
voting rights and social equality, 113 Pgs.|
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