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Slaves in their own words: Recordings of a lost world

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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When you think of early Texas history, you think of freedom fighters at the Alamo and rugged cowboys riding the plains. You usually don't think too much about slavery in the Lone Star State. Although slavery existed in Texas only from the second decade of the 19th century to the close of the Civil War, the majority of early settlers came to Texas from other Southern states When you think of early Texas history, you think of freedom fighters at the Alamo and rugged cowboys riding the plains.

Although slavery existed in Texas only from the second decade of the 19th century to the close of the Civil War, the majority of early settlers came to Texas from other Southern states.

When they moved westward, they brought their slaves with them. When the Federal Writers' Project sent interviewers across Texas to find former slaves and document what their lives were like during slavery, they filed over slave narratives, the largest collection of any state. The 28 selections in I Was Born in Slavery show that Texas slaves had their own distinctive voices, often colored by their Western culture.

Lu Lee, who lived in what was then Cook County, describes seeing Indians pass by the house every day, observing droves of wild horses, and watching wolves grab "a big, good-sized calf in small time. Sam Jones Washington, a slave on a ranch along the Colorado River, describes how he once diverted a cattle stampede. He ends his description by saying that "if them cattle stamp you to death, Gabriel sho' blow the horn for you then!

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Through their voices, we are given a moving glimpse into an important part of American history. Andrew Waters is a writer and former editor. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.

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To ask other readers questions about I Was Born in Slavery , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about I Was Born in Slavery. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 30, Theshiney rated it it was amazing. Sep 27, Pam rated it really liked it. Interesting storytelling by neighbor's in our N. Many of the people lived on streets in Ft.

Worth that still stand today. What stories,although most speak of suffering,were told with great dignity! Feb 23, Becca Tyler rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , books. Interesting to read first-hand accounts of living in slavery. Raquel Alanis rated it really liked it Jul 03, Tracy Cable rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Shako Liu rated it really liked it Jun 12, Pam McCray rated it it was amazing Apr 25, Leah rated it it was amazing Mar 07, What Experience Has Taught Me. Introduction by John Wesley Gazaway.

Cincinnati: Press of Jennings and Graham, Former slave in Kentucky, physician in Ohio. Douglass, Frederick Life as a Slave, Part II. Life as a freeman. By Frederick Douglass; with an introduction by Dr. James M'Cune Smith. New York ; Auburn: Miller, Orton, Equiano, Olaudah ? London : Printed for, and sold by the author, Flipper, Henry Ossian Military Academy. New York: H.

Author, born a slave in Georgia, recounts his experiences at the famous military academy. Green, John Patterson Cleveland: Riehl Printing, Green, William, former slave. Written by himself. Philadelphia, Historic Publications, Gilbert, Olive. With a Portrait. Boston, Printed for the author, Hamilton, Jeff As told to, and Preface by, Lenoir Hunt.

Foreword by Franklin Williams. A former slave in Kentucky and Texas tells the story of the famous Texas general, U. Senator, and governor, as well as discussing his own childhood as a slave. Heard, William Henry Introduction by HH Cooper. Reprinted New York: Arno Press, Horton, George Moses, ? Horton was the first American slave to protest his bondage in published verse and the first black man to publish a book in the South. Johnson, Thomas Lewis b. Illustrated, Bournemouth, England: W.

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Additional information about life and missionary activities. Latrobe, John H. Baltimore : Printed by John D. Toy, Lane, Isaac Introduction by J. Arthur Hamlett. Nashville: ME Church, South, Langston, John Mercer Hartford, CN:Americn Publishing, Reprinted New York: Bergman Publishers, Reprinted New york: Kraus Reprint Co. Latta, Morgan London b. Introduction by George Daniel. Raleigh, NC: The Author, Lewis, Joseph Vance. Love, Nat Los Angeles: The Author, Former Tennessee slave, railroad car worker, and cowboy between and Lynch, John Roy Edited and Introduction by John Hope Franklin.

Chicago: U of Chicago Press, Malvin, John Cleveland: Leader Printing Co. Edited, Introduction, and Notes by Allan Peskin. Cleveland: Western Reserve UP, Born and raised free in VA, later an abolitionist, civil rights leader, and political reformist in Cleveland, OH. Marrs, Elijah Preston Life and History of the Rev.

Elijah P.