Slave Narratives

Last week, we featured letters dealing with the transport of slaves. This week, we want to feature slave narratives.

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This small, thin book is A Narrative of the Life of Rev. Noah Davis, a Colored Man, written by himself at the age of 54 from 1859.

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The book focuses on Rev. Davis’s faith, as well as the steps he took to free himself, wife, and children from slavery. The link above explains the narrative in more detail.

The next book is Solomon Northrup‘s Twelve Years a Slave, recently made famous again by the 2013 film of the same name.

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It looks like we might have found another treasure sitting unknown on the shelves. This is a first edition and perhaps a very early printing, since it lacks the engravings. There is a little note that explains why.

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