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Growing up in slavery: Stories of young slaves as told by themselves

Growing up in Slavery

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Taylor,Yuval

Source:

Lawrence Hill Books, Volume 1st, Chicago, Ill., p.230 (2005)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr E444 .G5 2005

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/6757328

Keywords:

American, Best Books for Young Adults, 2006, Child slaves--United States--Biography, Slavery--United States--Biography, Slaves' writings

Abstract:

Contents: Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) -- Moses Roper -- Lewis Clarke -- Frederick Douglass -- William Wells Brown -- Thomas H. Jones -- Harriet Jacobs (Linda Brent) -- J.D. Green -- Elizabeth Keckley -- William H. Robinson.; Summary: Culled from full-length autobiographies, the voices of ten slaves--all under the age of nineteen--describe the full range of slave experiences, from starvation, torture, and violence, to love, laughter, and family life. Ten slaves all under the age of 19 tell their stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection. Culled from full-length autobiographies, these accounts were selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age in the not-so-distant past. Included are stories of young slaves, all under the age of 19, torn from their mothers and families, suffering from starvation, and being whipped and tortured. But these are not all tales of deprivation and violence. Teenagers will see themselves in these accounts as the slaves challenge authority, play games, tell jokes, and fall in love. These stories cover the range of the slave experience, from the passage in slave ships across the Atlantic to daily life as a slave both on large plantations and in small city dwellings, and from escaping slavery to fighting in the Civil War. The writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, and other less famous slaves are included.

Notes:

Lexile measure 1130; ages 11-18; biography and autobiography