Slaves and Literature Analytical Essay by CalDR

Slaves and Literature
An examination of the slave narrative in American literature.
# 29321 | 10,104 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper discusses how the slave narrative maintains a unique station in modern literature and how unlike any other body of literature, it provides us with a first-hand account of institutional racially-motivated human bondage in an ostensibly democratic society. It shows how taken together, the narratives of former black slaves in the Antebellum South provide us with one of the largest bodies of literature written by former slaves in history. It looks at how these works, although they provide us a keen insight into the nature of the period, all but disappeared following emancipation and the end of the Civil War.

African Culture and its Influence on the Mind of the American Slave
Early Literature of the Former Slaves
19th Century American Slave Narratives before 1865
Richard Wright's "Black Boy"
James Weldon Johnson's "Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man"

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