The Slave's Narrative
Charles T. Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Oxford University Press, Feb 21, 1991 - Social Science - 342 pages
These autobiographies of Afro-American ex-slaves comprise the largest body of literature produced by slaves in human history. The book consists of three sections: selected reviews of slave narratives, dating from 1750 to 1861; essays examining how such narratives serve as historical material; and essays exploring the narratives as literary artifacts.
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