Unchained Voices An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century

ISBN-10: 0813190762
ISBN-13: 9780813190761
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Expanded)
Authors: Vincent Carretta
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List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 12/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

In Unchained Voices, Vincent Carretta has assembled the most comprehensive anthology ever published of writings by eighteenth-century people of African descent, enabling many of these authors to be heard clearly for the first time in two centuries. Their writings reflect the surprisingly diverse experiences of blacks on both sides of the Atlantic-America, Britain, the West Indies, and Africa - between 1760 and 1798. Letters, poems, captivity narratives, petitions, criminal autobiographies, economic treatises, travel accounts, and antislavery arguments were produced during a time of various and changing political and religious loyalties. Although the theme of liberation from physical or spiritual captivity runs throughout the collection, freedom also clearly led to hardship and disappointment for a number of these authors. In his introduction, Carretta reconstructs the historical and cultural context of the works, emphasizing the constraints of the eighteenth-century genres under which these authors wrote. The texts and annotations are based on extensive research in both published and manuscript holdings of archives in the United States and the United Kingdom. Appropriate for undergraduates as well as for scholars, Unchained Voices gives a clear sense of the major literary and cultural issues at the heart of writings in English by people of African descent.

Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) was a former slave who became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade. Vincent Carretta is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of the "Complete Writings of Phillis Wheatley," "Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African," and "Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery and Other Writings by Ottobah Cugoano,"

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Note on the Texts and Editorial Policy
A Note on Money
Notes on the Illustrations
Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings, and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon, A Negro Man
Poems: An Evening Thought
An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly, Ethiopian Poetess
A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, An African Prince, As related by Himself
Poems: An Elegiac Poem, on the Death of ... George Whitefield
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
"To His Excellency General Washington"
"An Ode"
Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African, in Two Volumes. To Which are Prefixed, Memoirs of his Life
A Narrative of the Lord's wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black
The Life and Confession of Johnson Green, Who Is to Be Executed this day, August 17th, 1786, for the Atrocious Crime of Burglary; Together with his Last and Dying Words
"Petition of an African Slave, to the Legislature of Massachusetts" (1782), from The American Museum, or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces, Prose and Poetical. For June 1787
Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of The Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, Humbly Submitted to the Inhabitants of Great-Britain, By Ottobah Cugoano, a Native of Africa
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself
Copy of a Letter from Benjamin Banneker to the Secretary of State with his Answer
"An Account of several Baptist Churches, consisting chiefly of Negro Slaves: particularly of one of Kingston, in Jamaica; and another at Savannah in Georgia"
"An Account of the Life of Mr. David George, from Sierra Leone in Africa; given by himself in a Conversation with Brother Rippon of London, and Brother Pearce of Birmingham"
"Memoirs of the Life of Boston King, a Black Preacher. Written by Himself, during his Residence at Kingswood-School"
A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But resident above sixty years in the United States of America. Related By Himself
App: Biographical Sketches

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