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Organized by Jon K. Møller

"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
Part One - From Freedom to Slavery
Chapter 01 - African Origins.
Chapter 02 - The Human Market: The Slave Trade - Caribbean Interlude.
Chapter 03 - Slavery as Capitalism: The Shape of American Slavery.
Chapter 04 - All Men are created Equal: Slavery and the American Revolution.
Part Two - Emancipation without Freedom
Chapter 05 - A Nation Divided.
Chapter 06 - From Slavery to Segregation.
Chapter 07 - Racism and Democracy.
Part Three - The Search for Equality
Chapter 08 - The Crisis of Leadership
Chapter 09 - The New Negro
Chapter 10 - Fighting Racism at Home and Abroad
Chapter 11 - Civil Rights and Civil Disobediance
Chapter 12 - The Black Revolt
Chapter 13 - Epilogue
Excerpts from Slave Narratives (Edited by Steven Mintz - University of Huston)
Original main page placed on a Norwegian web server
#1. A European slave trader, John Barbot, describes the African slave
#2. A Muslim merchant, Ayubah Suleiman Diallo, recalls his capture and enslavement
#3. Olaudah Equiano, an 11-year old Ibo from Nigeria remembers his kidnapping into slavery (1789)
#4. Venture Smith relates the story of his kidnapping at the age of six (1798)
#5. A European slave trader, James Bardot, Jr., describes a shipboard revolt by enslaved Africans (1700)
#6. Olaudah Equiano describes the horrors of the Middle Passage (1789)
#7. A doctor, Alexander Falconbridge, describes conditions on an English slaver (1788)
#8. Olaudah Equiano describes his arrival in the New World (1789)
#9. An English physician, Alexander Falconbridge, describes the treatment of newly arrived slaves in the West Indies (1788)
#10. Solomon Northrup describes the working conditions of slaves on a Louisiana cotton plantation (1853)
#11. Charles Ball compares working conditions on tobacco and cotton plantations (1858)
#12. Josiah Henson describes slave housing, diet, and clothing (1877)
#13. Francis Henderson describes living conditions under slavery (1856)
#14. Jacob Stroyer recalls the material conditions of slave life (1898)
#15. James Martin remembers a slave auction (1937)
#16. Jacob Stroyer recalls the formative experiences of his childhood (1898)
#17. James W.C. Pennington analyzes the impact of slavery upon childhood (1849)
#18. Lunsford Lane describes the moment when he first recognized the meaning of slavery (1842)
#19. Laura Spicer learns that her husband, who had been sold away, has taken another wife (1869)
#20. An overseer attempts to rape Josiah Henson's mother (1877)
#21. Lewis Clarke discusses the impact of slavery on family life (1846)
#22. Olaudah Equiano describes West African religious beliefs and practices (1789)
#23. Charles Ball remembers a slave funeral, which incorporated traditional African customs (1837)
#24. Peter Randolph describes the religious gathers slaves held outside of their master's supervision (1893)
#25. Henry Bibb discusses "conjuration" (1849)
#26. Frederick Douglass describes the circumstances that prompted masters to whip slaves (1845)
#27. John Brown has bells and horns fastened on his head (1855)
#28. William Wells Brown is tied up in a smokehouse (1847)
#29. Moses Roper is punished for attempting to run away (1837)
#30. Lewis Clarke describes the implements his mistress used to beat him (1846)
#31. Frederick Douglass resists a slave breaker (1845)
#32. Nat Turner describes his revolt against slavery (1831)
#33. Margaret Ward follows the North Star to freedom (1879)
#34. Frederick Douglass borrows a sailor's papers to escape slavery (1855, 1895)
#35. Harriet Tubman sneaks into the South to free slaves (1863, 1865)
#36. Henry "Box" Brown escapes slavery in a sealed box (1872)
#37. Margaret Garner kills her daughter rather than see her returned to slavery (1876)
#38. Private Thomas Long assesses the meaning of black military service during the Civil War (1870)
#39. Corporal Jackson Cherry appeals for equal opportunity for former slaves (1865)
#40. Jourdan Anderson declines his former master's invitation to return to his plantation (1865)
#41. Major General Rufus Saxon assesses the freedmen's aspirations (1866)
#42. Colonel Samuel Thomas describes the attitudes of ex-Confederates toward the freedmen (1865)
#43. Francis L. Cardozo asks for land for the freedmen (1868)
#44. The Rev. Elias Hill is attacked by the Ku Klux Klan (1872)
#45. Henry Blake describes sharecropping (1937)
#46. Frederick Douglass assesses the condition of the freedmen in 1880
Miscelleaneous Narratives
Uncle Tom's Cabin - An online version of the novel (big file! app. 1 Mb)
American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
A SLAVE'S STORY. [ -- -- -COUNTY, VIRGINIA, February 23d, 1857.
A narrative of the uncommon sufferings, and surprizing deliverance of Briton Hammon, a Negro man - Hammon, Briton.
The Confessions of Nat Turner (1800-1831)
"Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave" - By Frederick Douglass
Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon - Follow this story to learn about the life of this South Carolina woman. Learn the difficulties and benefits of being a "fair-skinned" slave.
Afro-American books and narratives
Testimony of the Canadian Fugitives (ca. 1850) Introduction + Five sections
Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton
First-Person Narratives of the American South - Collection of Electronic Texts

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