Autobiographical Narratives 1760-1901

January 2003
Students' Guide to African American Literature, 1760 to the Pres;2003, p5
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This chapter discusses autobiographical narratives, the earliest being referred to as slave narratives, written by African Americans authors during the period of 1760-1901. The earliest of autobiographical narratives are sometimes referred to as slave narratives. The chapter will deal with five representative autobiographical narratives including The Interesting Narrative and Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House and Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery: An Autobiography.


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