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U.S. History Topics » Ethnic Groups » African Americans

North American Slave Narratives

offers more than 250 memoirs, autobiographies, and narratives from individuals who were slaves. An African king who was sold into slavery, the dress maker for Mary Todd Lincoln, the servant of Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, and the nurse of George Washington are included, as are stories of Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, and others. These firsthand accounts describe the conditions and sufferings of slaves and a number of escapes to freedom. (University of North Carolina, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

Close to two million slaves were brought to the American South from Africa and the West Indies during the centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. Approximately 20 percent of the population of the American South over the years has been African American, and as late as 1900, 9 out of every 10 African Americans lived in the South.
Cover page of Theodore Dwight Weld, 1803-1895 'American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses.' New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1839.

... Testimony of a thousand witnesses

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