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Slave Narratives

Slave Narratives

Slave narratives provide first-person accounts of the lives of fugitive or former slaves. Links to several key slave narratives appear below and are available either through Estrella's ebrary collection of electronic books or through Project Gutenberg. The names of the authors of these narratives are also linked to more information in Literature Resource Center where you can find additional information on the authors and their writings.

William Wells Brown
Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave Project Gutenberg

Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Project Gutenberg
My Bondage and My Freedom Project Gutenberg

Olaudah Equiano
Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano : Or Gustavus Vassa, The African Project Gutenberg

Harriet Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Project Gutenberg

Sojourner Truth The Narrative of Sojourner Truth Project Gutenberg

Philliss Wheatley Religious and Moral Poems Project Gutenberg

Harriet Wilson Our nig, or, sketches from the life of a free black, in a two-story white house, North showing that slavery's shadows fall even there Project Gutenberg

Additional slave narratives appear in African American Slave Narratives: An Anthology Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3