Charles Ball provides gripping details of southern slavery before the Civil War. He tells how he was treated by planters and slaveholders; the conditions and treatment of other slaves; the perils and suffering of fugitive slaves. This inspiring story of courage is essential reading for students of American history and African-American studies
Fifty Years in Chains: Or, the Life of an American Slave (1859) was an abridged and unauthorized reprint of the earlier Slavery in the United States (1836). In the narratives, Ball describes his experiences as a slave, including the uncertainty of slave life and the ways in which the slaves are forced to suffer inhumane conditions. He recounts the qualities of his various masters and the ways in which his fortune depended on their temperament. As...
This unique collection consists of the most influential narratives of former slaves and the stories of people who have helped them. With their powerful & unflinching stories, they changed people's convictions and shook the very foundation of slavery:
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
The Underground Railroad
The Willie Lynch Letter: The Making of Slave! Confessions of Nat Turner
Narrative of Sojourner...