In the end I will describe how slavery impacted race relations.

In the beginning of the narrative Douglass seems to fulfill every stereotypical slavery theme.

Harriet Jacobs' Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl

MOTHERHOOD - CHANGE OF MASTERS - SAD EXPERIENCE -TAKEN TO RICHMOND - AUCTION-BLOCK - RETURN. SEVERAL months passed,and I became a mother. My dear white lady, inyour pleasant home made joyous bythe tender love of husband and children all your own, you cannever understand the slave mother's emotions as she clasps hernew-born child, and knows that a master's word can at anymoment take it from her embrace; and when, as was mine, thatchild is a girl, and from her own experience she sees its almostcertain doom is to minister to the unbridled lust of the slave-owner, and feels that the law holds over her no protecting arm,it is not strange that, rude and uncultured as I was, I felt all this,and would have been glad if we could have died together thereand then. Master Kibbler was still hard and cruel, and I was inconstant trouble.

Phillips’ (1918), one of the most influential studies of American slave history.

Students will understand why the narratives were written.

But they all portray the courageous and sometimes shocking ways that these men and women sought their freedom and asserted power, often challenging many of the common assumptions about slaves’ lack of agency.

Among the remarkable and inspiring stories is the tense but triumphant tale of Henry Box Brown, who, with a white abolitionist’s help, shipped himself in a box—over a twenty-seven-hour train ride, part of which he spent standing on his head—to freedom in Philadelphia.

Some Slaves told about their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms.

The oppressing class during this time period realized that if slaves were able to become educated they could no longer be useful, for it would be increasingly difficult to exploit their services.

These slave narratives tell of four African Americans, who went through very troubling times.


Some of the slaveholders were sympathetic, innocent human beings.

The third person historical novel of slavery, the first person narration of the life story of a slave, and the recounting of the traumatic legacy of slavery on later generations....

Imagine you were a fugitive slave living in Connecticut in the 1840s.

Frequently inspired or assisted by abolitionist editors who planned to use these testimonies for propaganda purposes, most of the slave narratives were the genuine expressions of the experiences, thoughts and feelings of human beings held in chattel slavery.Any study of the thoughts and experiences of American slaves would not be complete without some examination of the Slave Narrative Collection of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration—a massive collection of twentieth-century records of nineteenth-century memories of slavery.

Critical analysis of a nineteenth century slave narrative.

In Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, he appeals to the interest of the reader through his first hand accounts of slavery, his use of irony in these descriptions, and his balance between evasiveness and frankness.

If slaves were to learn how to read, they could in turn be educated.

In more recent years, however, the world of the slaves has been more seriously examined by American historians from the viewpoint of the slaves.The most significant sources for the study of American Negro slavery in the antebellum South are the nineteenth-century slave narratives—autobiographies written or dictated to others by former slaves, fugitive or manumitted.

During their voyage through the Middle Passage many slaves perished.

Approximately four million Americans enslaved in the United States were freed at the conclusion of the American Civil War. The stories of a few thousand have been passed on to future generations through word of mouth, diaries, letters, records, or written transcripts of interviews. Only twenty-six audio-recorded interviews of ex-slaves have been found. This collection captures the stories of former slaves in their own words and voices. Little biographical information about them is available. Apart from their voices, photographs have been found only for the seven individuals below. Look at their faces as you listen to them talk about their lives, describing what it was like being a slave and becoming free.