African-American Autobiographies, 18th and 19th Centuries (Primary Sources)

These works are autobiographies by African Americans who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries. They are primary sources. For more autobiographical accounts of slavery, see the separate page Slave Narratives (Primary Sources)

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African-American Autobiographies, 18th and 19th Centuries (Primary Sources): Selected full-text books and articles

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass By Frederick Douglass Dover, 1995
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
FREE! Up from Slavery: An Autobiography By Booker T. Washington A.L. Burt, 1901
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
FREE! Working with the Hands: Being a Sequel to "Up from Slavery", Covering the Author's Experiences in Industrial Training at Tuskegee By Booker T. Washington; Frances Benjamin Johnston Doubleday Page, 1904
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Temporarily FREE! Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853 By Solomon Northup; David Wilson University of North Carolina Press, 2011
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life By Eliza Potter; Xiomara Santamarina University of North Carolina Press, 2009
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Narrative of William W. Brown, an American Slave By William Wells Brown University of North Carolina Press, 2011
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Temporarily FREE! I Was Born a Slave: An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives By Yuval Taylor Lawrence Hill Books, vol.1, 1999
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va. By Nat Turner; Thomas R. Gray University of North Carolina Press, 2011
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis By Karsonya Wise Whitehead; Emilie Frances Davis University of South Carolina Press, 2014
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Fugitive Slave in the Gold Rush: Life and Adventures of James Williams By James Williams University of Nebraska Press, 2002
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Shadow and Light: An Autobiography with Reminiscences of the Last and Present Century By Mifflin Wistar Gibbs University of Nebraska Press, 1995
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave By Henry Bibb Negro Universities Press, 1969 (3rd edition)
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
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