Day 28: Reflecting on the Slave Narrative

We are at the last day of February and while it’s technically the end of Black History Month that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop honoring those African American individuals who have done so much to improve/enhance the world around us.

For our final post we thought we’d take a look at slave narratives. Slave narratives offer first-hand accounts of what slavery was like from those who actually lived it. The slave narrative is not only historically significant, it also holds considerable literary value. Below you’ll find some of the more well-known slave narratives along with a few other titles that will allow you to delve further into the period in time these narratives capture. It’s important to recognize the value of these resources and remind ourselves how far we’ve come…

The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
by Olaudah Equiano


(Including: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave — My Bondage and My Freedom — Life and Times of Frederick Douglass)
by Frederick Douglass

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself
by Harriet A. Jacobs
E 444 .J17 A3 1987

Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown

The Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown
by Henry Box Brown
E 450 .B873 2002

For more information check out the following:

The Long Walk to Freedom

The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives
edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise
E 450 .L83 2012

Slave Narratives

Slave Narratives
E 444 .S56 2000

Life Upon These Shores

Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
E 185 .G27 2011

Envisioning Emancipation

Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery
by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer
E 185.2 .W68 2013

Thanks for celebrating this month with us! We’re already gearing up for Women’s History Month in March 🙂


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