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Slave narratives

  • Accounts of fugitive or former slaves, that are personally written or orally related by the slave.
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    • found: Britannica online academic edition, Nov. 14, 2012(slave narrative: an account of the life, or a major portion of the life, of a fugitive or former slave, either written or orally related by the slave personally; slave narratives comprise one of the most influential traditions in American literature, shaping the form and themes of some of the most celebrated and controversial writing, both in fiction and in autobiography, in the history of the United States; the vast majority of American slave narratives were authored by African Americans; typically, the American slave narrative centers on the narrator's rite of passage from slavery in the South to freedom in the North; slavery is documented as a condition of extreme deprivation, necessitating increasingly forceful resistance; after a harrowing and suspenseful escape, the slave's attainment of freedom is signaled not simply by reaching the "free states" of the North but by taking a new name and dedication to antislavery activism)
    • found: Harmon, W. A handbook to literature, c2009(Slave Narratives: In the period between 1830 and 1860, as part of the abolition movement in America, a number of autobiographical accounts of slavery by escaped slaves were published. The best of these slave narratives was A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave (1845))
    • found: Wheeler, K. Literary terms and definitions, via WWW, Jan. 3, 2013(Slave narrative: A narrative, often autobiographical in origin, about a slave's life, perhaps including his original capture, his punishments and daily labor, and his eventual escape to freedom.)
    • found: McLennan, R. American autobiography, 2013:p. 51 (The slave narrative has a crucially important place in the history of American autobiography, although it was only in the mid- to late twentieth century, and partly due to the Civil Rights' movements of the 1960s, that the importance and value of slave narratives were widely recognized)
    • found: Genre terms : a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging, via WWW, July 28, 2014(Slave narratives. BT Narratives)
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    • Accounts of fugitive or former slaves, that are personally written or orally related by the slave.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-07: revised
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