Slave No More Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation

ISBN-10: 0156034514
ISBN-13: 9780156034517
Edition: 2007
Authors: David W. Blight
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Description: Slave narratives are extremely rare; very few are first-person accounts by slaves who freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group. Wallace Turnage was a teenage field  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Slave narratives are extremely rare; very few are first-person accounts by slaves who freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group. Wallace Turnage was a teenage field hand on an Alabama plantation, John Washington an urban slave in Virginia. They never met. But both saw opportunity in the chaos of the Civil War, both escaped north, and both left remarkable accounts of their flights to freedom. This book is more than their narratives: working from an abundance of genealogical material, the historian David W. Blight has discovered and reconstructed their lives-from slave childhood to black working-class stability in the north. These are the untold biographies of two ordinary men, but they are also new answers to how four million people moved from slavery to freedom. Slave No More is a major addition to the canon of American history. WALLACE TURNAGE (18461916) was born in Snow Hill, North Carolina, and spent his adult life in New York City and Jersey City, New Jersey. JOHN WASHINGTON (18381918), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, worked as a house and sign painter in Washington, D.C., after his escape. He retired to Cohasset, Massachusetts.

David W. Blight is professor of American history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

Prologue
The Rappahannock River
Mobile Bay
Unusual Evidence
The Logic and the Trump of Jubilee
Author’s Note
“Memorys of the Past”
“Journal of Wallace Turnage”
“The Death of Our Little Johnnie”
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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