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A slave no more : two men who escaped to freedom : including their own narratives of emancipation

Author: David W Blight
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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Slave narratives are extremely rare, with only 55 post-Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives join that exclusive group. Handed down through family and friends, they tell gripping stories of escape: Through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of occupying  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Slave narratives
Biography
History
Named Person: John Washington; Wallace Turnage; Wallace Turnage; John Washington; John Washington; Wallace Turnage
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David W Blight
ISBN: 9780156034517 0156034514
OCLC Number: 377538672
Notes: Originally published: Orlando : Harcourt, 2007.
Includes narratives by two former slaves: John M. Washington's "Memorys of the past", and Wallace Turnage's "Journal of Wallace Turnage."
Description: 315 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: The Rappahannock river --
Mobile bay --
Unusual evidence --
The logic and the Trump of jubilee --
Author's note --
Memorys of the past / John M Washington --
Journal of Wallace Turnage / Wallace Turnage --
Death of our little Johnnie / John Washington.
Responsibility: David W. Blight.

Abstract:

Slave narratives are extremely rare, with only 55 post-Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives join that exclusive group. Handed down through family and friends, they tell gripping stories of escape: Through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of occupying Union troops. Historian Blight prefaces the narratives with each man's life history. Using genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the North, where they reunited their families. In the stories of Wallace Turnage and John Washington, we find portals that offer a rich new answer to the question of how four million people moved from slavery to freedom.--From publisher description.

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