Slave Narratives: AND Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American SlavePaperback Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
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- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 200mm x 26mm | 358g
- Publication date: 26 October 2000
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0679783288
- ISBN 13: 9780679783282
- Edition: 2000
- Edition statement: Modern Library.
- Sales rank: 598,373
Presents an autobiography of the famous abolitionist and statesman who escaped to the North after twenty-one years of enslavement, and reveals the exploitation of American American female slaves through first-person narrative.
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Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches at Princeton University. His works include "In My Father's House "and" Cosmopolitanism."
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition combines the two most important African American slave narratives into one volume. Frederick Douglass's Narrative, first published in 1845, is an enlightening and incendiary text. Born into slavery, Douglass became the preeminent spokesman for his people during his life; his narrative is an unparalleled account of the dehumanizing effects of slavery and Douglass's own triumph over it. Like Douglass, Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery, and in 1861 she published Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, now recognized as the most comprehensive antebellum slave narrative written by a woman. Jacobs's account broke the silence on the exploitation of African American female slaves, and it remains crucial reading. These narratives illuminate and inform each other. This edition includes an incisive Introduction by Kwame Anthony Appiah and extensive annotations.