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Slave Narratives

Slave narratives provide first-person accounts of the lives of fugitive or former slaves. Links to several key slave narratives appear below and are available either through Estrella's ebrary collection of electronic books or through Project Gutenberg. The names of the authors of these narratives are also linked to more information in Literature Resource Center where you can find additional information on the authors and their writings.

William Wells Brown
Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave Project Gutenberg
 
Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Project Gutenberg
My Bondage and My Freedom Project Gutenberg
 
Olaudah Equiano
Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano : Or Gustavus Vassa, The African Project Gutenberg
 
Harriet Jacobs
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Project Gutenberg
 
Sojourner Truth
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth Project Gutenberg
 
Philliss Wheatley
Religious and Moral Poems Project Gutenberg
 
Harriet Wilson
Our nig, or, sketches from the life of a free black, in a two-story white house, North showing that slavery's shadows fall even there Project Gutenberg

Additional slave narratives appear in African American Slave Narratives: An Anthology Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3