Voices of the African American Experience, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313343489
  • ISBN-13: 9780313343483
  • DDC: 973.049607
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1500 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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From early accounts of free blacks in the Colonies to slave narratives recorded by Works Progress Administration employees in the 1930s to a recent speech by Senator Barack Obama, this collection offers a treasure trove of carefully selected primary documents from and concerning African Americans. It is among the largest and widest-ranging collection of documents on the entire African American experience in print. Voices of the African American Experience provides access to fresh voices from history until today in more than 130 documents. Examples include: speeches, articles, mission statements, ephemera, testimony, letters, sermons, prayers, spirituals/songs, slave narratives, memoirs, essays, interviews, and more. Key official documents and important communications from noted African Americans are of course present, while making the words of ordinary African Americans from the past easily accessible to the general public. Each document is introduced and contextualized, making this set especially valuable and helpful in student research.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: A Narrative Of the Uncommon Sufferings, And Surprizing Delieverance Of Briton Hammon, A Negro Man, 1760.
2: A Narrative Of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, written by himself, 1774.
3: Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782.
4: An Address to the Negroes in the State of New-York, 1787.
5: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, 1789.
6: The Fugitive Slave Act, 1793.
7: Printed Letter, 1794.
8: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, 1798.
9: The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia, 1832.
10: John Quincy Adams diary 41, 5 December 1836–4 January 1837, 29 July 1840–31 December 1841.
11: Illinois State Legislator Abraham Lincoln Opposes Slavery, March 3, 1837.
12: The Church and Prejudice, November 4, 1841.
13: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself, 1845.
14: Farewell to the British People: An Address Delivered in London, England, March 30, 1847.
15: Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb: an American slave, written by himself, 1849.
16: Excerpted from “Uncle Tom's Story of His Life”.
17: The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, July 5, 1852.
18: Choice Thoughts and Utterances of Wise Colored People.
19: Essay on Slavery Conditions, 1856.
20: Supreme Court of the United States in Dred Scott v. John F. Sanford, March 6, 1857.
21: Speech by Abraham Lincoln on the Dred Scott Decision and Slavery, June 26, 1857.
22: Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North, 1859.
23: Letters on American slavery, 1860.
24: Correspondence between Lydia Maria Child and Gov. Wise and Mrs. Mason, of Virginia, 1860.
25: The Constitution of the United States: Is It Pro-Slavery or Anti-Slavery? March 26, 1860.
26: History of American abolitionism: its four great epochs.
27: George Wils to Writer's Sister, March 18, 1861.
28: “Fighting Rebels with Only One Hand,” Douglass’ Monthly [The North Star], September 1861.
29: Excerpt from The Gullah Proverbs of 1861, Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community.
30: Excerpted from The Negroes at Port Royal, 1862.
31: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863.
32: William Tell Barnitz to the Pennsylvania Daily Telegraph, March 27, 1863.
33: Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sibyl, April 1863.
34: The Negro in the Regular Army.
35: Our alma mater: Notes on an address delivered at Concert Hall on the occasion of the Twelfth Annual Commencement of the Institute for Colored Youth, May 10th, 1864.
36: Excerpt reprinted from “A Colored Man's Reminiscences of James Madison”.
37: What the Black Man Wants: a speech delivered by Frederick Douglass, 1865.
38: 14th Amendment, 1866.
39: Letter from Amelia [Unknown family name] to brother Eddie, December 11, 1869.
40: First Annual Address to the Law Graduates of Allen University, class 1884.
41: Emigration to Liberia, Report of the Standing committee on emigration, 1885.
42: The Future of the Colored Race, May 1886.