A slave no more : two men who escaped to freedom : including their own narratives of emancipation / David W. Blight

Author(s): Blight, David W
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Subjects: Fugitive slaves--United States--Biography
Slaves--North Carolina--Snow Hill--Biography
African Americans--Biography
Working class--United States--Biography
Slave narratives--United States
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans
Washington, John, 1838-1918
Turnage, Wallace, 1846-1916
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
LC Classification: E
Physical Description: 307 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2007014467
ISBN: 9780151012329
ISBN: 0151012326
Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary: Slave narratives are extremely rare, with only 55 post-Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives join that exclusive group. Handed down through family and friends, they tell gripping stories of escape: Through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of occupying Union troops. Historian Blight prefaces the narratives with each man's life history. Using genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the North, where they reunited their families. In the stories of Wallace Turnage and John Washington, we find portals that offer a rich new answer to the question of how four million people moved from slavery to freedom.--From publisher description
OCLC Number: 123232269
ISBN/ISSN: 9780151012329