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To tell a free story : the first century of Afro-American autobiography, 1760-1865

Author: William L Andrews
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses the writings of Richard Allen, Solomon Bayley, Henry Bibb, Henry Box Brown, John Brown, Leonard Black, William Wells Brown, Lewis Clarke, William Craft, Frederick Douglass, Martin R. Delany, Olaudah Equiano, Moses Grandy, Jacob D. Green, William Grimes, James A.U. Gronniosaw, Briton Hammon, Josiah Henson, Harriet Jacobs, John Jea, Lunsford Lane, Jarena Lee, John Marrant, Solomon Northrup, James W.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
études diverses
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William L Andrews
ISBN: 0252012224 9780252012228 0252060334 9780252060335
OCLC Number: 12134953
Description: xiii, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The first century of Afro-American autobiography : notes toward a definition of a genre --
ch. 2. Voices of the first fifty years, 1760-1810 --
ch. 3. Experiments in two modes, 1810-40 --
ch. 4. The performance of slave narrative in the 1840s --
ch. 5. The uses of marginality, 1850-65 --
ch. 6. Culmination of a century : the autobiographies of J.D. Green, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Jacobs --
Conclusion. "Free at last" : from discourse to dialogue in the novelized autobiography.
Responsibility: William L. Andrews.

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Discusses the writings of Richard Allen, Solomon Bayley, Henry Bibb, Henry Box Brown, John Brown, Leonard Black, William Wells Brown, Lewis Clarke, William Craft, Frederick Douglass, Martin R. Delany, Olaudah Equiano, Moses Grandy, Jacob D. Green, William Grimes, James A.U. Gronniosaw, Briton Hammon, Josiah Henson, Harriet Jacobs, John Jea, Lunsford Lane, Jarena Lee, John Marrant, Solomon Northrup, James W. Pennington, James Robert, Moses Roper, Venture Smith, Austin Steward, Nat Turner, Samuel R. Ward, Booker T. Washington, James Watkins, George White, James Williams, and others.

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