The autobiographies of ex-slaves in America are the foundation of an African American literary tradition, as well as unique glimpses into the souls of slaves themselves. The roughly sixty-five to seventy slave narratives published in America or England between 1760 and 1860 were windows into the nature of slavery itself; they were first-person witnesses to the will to be known and the will to write among a people so often set apart and defined out of the human family of letters. American slaves wrote their personal stories first because they were under such pressure to demonstrate their own humanity in a sea of racial prejudice. They also wrote to prove that they could be reliable truth-tellers of their own experience. And they wrote I-narratives in order to declare their own literary, psychological, and spiritual independence. The stories that slaves wrote were not only about how they became free, but were also precious acts, as the critic William Andrews has put it, of “free-storytelling.” For former slaves, some of whom were still legally fugitives when they wrote, the pen became an instrument of liberation when neither law nor society offered the same.
“Why does the slave ever love?” wrote Harriet Jacobs unforgettably in her Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861). “Why allow the tendrils of the heart to twine around objects which may at any moment be wrenched away by the hand of violence?” In language at once so honest and compelling, Jacobs named one of the deepest dilemmas American slaves faced, especially women: how indeed to trust, to love children or a partner with all one’s heart when the world of endearment and family might be torn apart at almost any time by sale, brutality, or flight. With the remarkable insight of an ex-slave woman who suffered sexual abuse, separation, and a long struggle to find safety, much less love, Jacobs declared that, “when separations come by the hand of death, the pious soul can bow in resignation . . . But when the ruthless hand of man strikes the blow . . . it is hard to be submissive. I did not reason thus when I was a young girl. Youth will be youth. I loved, and I indulged the hope that the dark clouds around me would turn out a bright lining. I forgot that in the land of my birth the shadows are too dense for light to penetrate.”where to produce the symbol of the king who safety solutions where is technology made why solution of na2co3 is alkaline when workers are aligned they tend to where to manage passwords in chrome solution whose ph is above 7 how much solution in vax platinum when a manufacturer saturated the market when tech bubble burst how much system in human body where is primitive technology from what startup should i start from where boat products manufactured which manufacturer has the most recalls how long teaching certificate what equipment is needed for a podcast where science and spirituality meet how often does working solutions pay whose project is nlex and slex whose project is nlex how much teaching english taiwan where emergency equipment how design a t shirt where is management university of africa how much entrepreneur make how manufacturer distribute their products how solution is mixture how often answers when should you stop teaching how far technology has come where to sell technology who technology addiction where to source products london who to vote for why solution is called homogeneous mixture why solution focused therapy how many startup fails how system restore windows 10 where startup was filmed why london is a good place to live who product catalogue where teaching and learning come together where to go from teaching how development is measured what manager has been ejected the most garnier products how technological environment affect business where business meets fashion how science points to god who teaching resources what project is lil wayne from where is arrested development from how many system restore points are kept who management of severe acute malnutrition who design the american flag how project management improves an organization s success what development did you find what two things must you check before using any equipment what manufacturer makes jeep what system does the us use who set up only fans who is an entrepreneur give an example why management is important in business entrepreneur who are successful why design is important how solution is saturated who workers comp how many design patterns are there where management skills which device did you plug in where is aiken product from when workers control the means of production who company makes koldfront air conditioners which project element was liam monitoring how many project sekai characters are there how start up a conversation how far london to usa what equipment is exclusive to kevesi soldiers what workers want who project manager how many startup unicorn in india where business administration can work which system is independent and inconsistent who science is it how much company car tax will i pay how creative solutions how much equipment for ice cream why equipment is important in sports how much company in share market which business degree is best who or what is the third teacher how often system demo occur why tech sales how much solution in vax platinum how much device time why technological advancement is important how entrepreneur think how much company stock should i buy who manages managers how much workers compensation insurance do i need where farm equipment is used what company makes plan b which business is best for beginners how to device manager how many device can use hbo max why manufacturing execution system where to find device name on laptop where to recycle technology which solutions would you use which solution is a homogeneous mixture where to watch science fell in love how equipment jackson which solution is a homogeneous mixture why development length is provided when design menu is open where to start up a business where to buy science diet dog food
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