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Narrative of William W. Brown, an American Slave: Written by Himself

William Wells Brown


By 1849, this book was in its fourth edition, having sold over 8,000 copies in less than eighteen months and making it one of the fastest-selling antislavery tracts of its time. The book's popularity can be attributed both to the strong voice of its author and Brown's notoriety as an abolitionist speaker. The son of a slave and a white man, Brown recounts his years in servitude, his cruel masters, and the brutal whippings he and those around him received. He provides a detailed description of his failed attempt to escape with his mother; after their capture, they were sold to new masters. A su ... More

Keywords: antislavery tracts, abolitionist speaker, servitude, whippings, escape attempt, Quaker, Wells Brown, Canadian border, slave traders, antislavery poems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807869598
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869604_brown


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Wells Brown, author

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