Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives



Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives

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"Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives." Ed. Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012. xxiv+248 pp.

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Table of contents

● Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise / Introduction: "I will run away"

Part One: Running to Be Free
● Moses Roper / from "A Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery. With an Appendix, containing a List of Places Visited by the Author in Great Britain and Ireland and the British Isles; and Other Matter"
● James Curry / from "Narrative of James Curry, A Fugitive Slave"
● Frederick Douglass / from "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Written by Himself"

Part Two: Running Because of Family
● Anon. / from "Slavery Days in Old Kentucky. A True Story of a Father Who Sold His Wife and Four Children. By One of the Children"
● Bethany Veney / from "The Narrative of Bethany Veney: A Slave Woman"
● "Robert, the Hermit of Massachusetts" / from "Life and Adventures of Robert, the Hermit of Massachusetts, Who has lived 14 Years in a Cave, secluded from human society. Comprising, An account of his Birth, Parentage, Sufferings, and providential escape from unjust and cruel Bondage in early life-- and his reasons for becoming a Recluse"

Part Three: Running Inspired by Religion
● Solomon Bayley / from "A Narrative of Some Remarkable Incidents in the Life of Solomon Bayley, Formerly a Slave in the State of Delaware, North America; Written by Himself, and Published for His Benefit; to Which Are Prefixed, a Few Remarks by Robert Hurnard"
● Nat Turner / from "The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va."
● Isaac D. Williams / from "Sunshine and Shadow of Slave Life. Reminiscences as told by Isaac D. Williams to 'Tege'"

Part Four: Running by Any Means Necessary
● from "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself"
● Henry "Box" Brown / from "Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself"
● William Craft and Ellen Craft / from Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery

● Brenda E. Stevenson / Contextualizing the Runaway Experience : A Brief History of Slavery in America

● Bibliography
● About the editors

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