Sunday, June 19, 2016

Chronological List of 33 Slave Narratives

By Kenton Rambsy and Howard Rambsy II

The following list contains a chronological list of 33 slave narratives published between 1842 and 1868. The list of narratives constitutes the preliminary stage for one of our text-mining projects. We stress preliminary as more than 200 slave narratives were published.

[Related: The word counts of 33 Slave narratives]

Slave Narratives
Year of publication, title, author

1840s [16]
1842: The Narrative of Lunsford Lane by Lunsford Lane
1843: Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy by Moses Grandy
1845: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
1845: The Light and Truth of Slavery by Aaron
1846: Narratives of the Sufferings of Lewis and Milton Clarke by Lewis and Milton Clarke
1846: Narrative of William Hayden by William Hayden
1847: The Life and Sufferings of Leonard Black by Leonard Black
1847: Narrative and Writings of Andrew Jackson, of Kentucky by Andrew Jackson
1847: Narrative of William Wells Brown by William Wells Brown
1848: Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery by Moses Roper
1848: Narrative of Henry Watson, a Fugitive Slave. Written by Himself by Henry Watson
1848: The Life and Sufferings of John Joseph, a Native of Ashantee, in West Africa by John Joseph
1849: Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown by Henry Box Brown
1849: The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave by Josiah Henson
1849: Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb by Henry Bibb
1849: The Fugitive Blacksmith, or Events in the History of James W. C. Pennington by James W. C. Pennington

1850s [5]
1853: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
1855: My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
1855: Slave Life in Georgia by John Brown
1855: The Life of John Thompson, A Fugitive Slave by John Thompson
1855: The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman by Jermain Wesley Loguen

1860s [12]
1860: Running a thousand Miles for Freedom by William and Ellen Craft
1860: Struggles for Freedom: Or the Life of James Watkins, Formerly a Slave in Maryland by James Watkins
1861: A Narrative of Events of the Life of J. H. Banks, an Escaped Slave by J. H. Banks
1861: Bond and Free: or, Yearnings for Freedom by Israel Campbell
1861: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
1862: The Experience of a Slave in South Carolina by John Andrew Jackson by John Andrew Jackson
1862: The Experience of Thomas H. Jones, Who Was a Slave for Forty-three years by Thomas H. Jones
1863: Slave Life in Virginia and Kentucky by Francis Fedric
1864: Life of James Mars, a Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut by James Mars
1864: Narrative of the Life of J. D. Green, a Runaway Slave from Kentucky by J. D. Green
1866: The Story of Mattie J. Jackson by Mattie J. Jackson
1868: Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley

Note: Some of the titles are abbreviated.

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