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Blight, David W
A slave no more : two men who escaped to freedom : including their own narratives of emancipation / David W. Blight
1st ed
Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E450 .B54 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject Washington, John, 1838-1918
Turnage, Wallace, 1846-1916
Subject(s) Fugitive slaves -- United States -- Biography
Slaves -- Virginia -- Fredericksburg -- Biography
Slaves -- North Carolina -- Greene County -- Biography
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- African Americans
Subject(s) African Americans -- Biography
Working class -- United States -- Biography
Slave narratives -- United States
Physical Description 307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-299) and index
Contents Prologue -- 1: Rappahannock river -- 2: Mobile bay -- 3: Unusual evidence -- 4: Logic and the Trump of jubilee -- Author's note -- Memorys of the past / John M Washington -- Journal of Wallace Turnage / Wallace Turnage -- Appendix: Death of our little Johnnie / John Washington -- Acknowledgments -- Notes - 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

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