Abolitionism in America

Slave Narratives
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Written by slaves or by sympathetic white proxies, slave narratives offer vivid accounts of journeys, survival and endurance. Approximately 6,000 slave narratives were published in 250 years, but none were more popular than those published during the antebellum period. 12% of all slave narratives were written by women, whose stories attested to sexual exploitation and forced separation from their children. Giving a voice to the voiceless, slave narratives became the cornerstone of modern-day African American autobiography.

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