Black History: Collected Works

Black History: Collected Works

Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Booker T. Washington, Olaudah Equiano

Language: English

Pages: 724

ISBN: 2:00319936

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This collection brings together some of the most important writings by black authors from pre- and post-Civil War America. It includes several significant slave narratives -- those of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, and Olaudah Equiano -- as well as The Souls of Black Folk and Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, two books written in the wake of reconstruction. It paints a vivid, often grim, picture of the experiences of black slaves, and of the racism that persisted after slavery was abolished.

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wanted everything kept clean about her, that she wanted things done promptly and systematically, and that at the bottom of everything she wanted absolute honesty and frankness. Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair. I cannot now recall how long I lived with Mrs. Ruffner before going to Hampton, but I think it must have been a year and a half. At any rate, I here repeat what I have said more than once before, that the lessons that I learned in the

“created but a little lower than the angels”—yet a slave, ay, a fugitive slave,—trembling for his safety, hardly daring to believe that on the American soil, a single white person could be found who would befriend him at all hazards, for the love of God and humanity! Capable of high attainments as an intellectual and moral being—needing nothing but a comparatively small amount of cultivation to make him an ornament to society and a blessing to his race—by the law of the land, by the voice of the

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know, till he was gone, the strength of my regard for him. Indeed I had every reason in the world to be attached to him; for, besides that he was in general mild, affable, generous, faithful, benevolent, and just, he was to me a friend and a father; and, had it pleased Providence that he had died but five months before, I verily believe I should not have obtained my freedom when I did; and it is not improbable that I might not have been able to get it at any rate afterwards. The captain being

this way I came to know the hopes and disappointments of a large and pitiable class of humanity in this great city, the people who look for work through the newspapers. After some days of this sort of experience I concluded that the main difficulty with me was that I was not prepared for what I wanted to do. I then decided upon a course which, for an artist, showed an uncommon amount of practical sense and judgment. I made up my mind to enter a business college. I took a small room, ate at lunch

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