Thirteen years ago, I came to your door, a weary fugitive from chains and stripes I was a stranger, and you took me in I was hungry, and you fed me Naked was I, and you clothed me Even a name by which to be known among men, slavery had denied me You bestowed upon me your own Base indeed should I be, if I ever forget what I owe to you, or do anything to disgrace thatThirteen years ago, I came to your door, a weary fugitive from chains and stripes I was a stranger, and you took me in I was hungry, and you fed me Naked was I, and you clothed me Even a name by which to be known among men, slavery had denied me You bestowed upon me your own Base indeed should I be, if I ever forget what I owe to you, or do anything to disgrace that honored name
The Narrative of William Wells Brown A Fugitive Slave Thirteen years ago I came to your door a weary fugitive from chains and stripes I was a stranger and you took me in I was hungry and you fed me Naked was I and you clothed me Even a name by which
Brown s narrative shares none of the US nationalism of other escape narratives Brown maintained an indifference to the patriotism that motivated other abolitionists He also hailed from Missouri instead of the Atlantic South, making this unique escape narrative even exceptional for its betrayal of a region on the periphery of Unites States slavery
This is a fascinating and often thoughtful meditation on Brown s experiences as a slave in Missouri, and his resultant reflections on the institution of slavery The contrast with Douglass s narrative provides several grounds for interesting comparison Brown was enslaved to a slave driver delivering slaves up and down the Mississippi and saw the inner mechanisms of the slave market from a rather unique perspective especially interesting is the incident in which he helps his master blacken the hai [...]
Very good read, Very informativeI can t believe what slaves went through during that time In history class in school they teach you very little what they had to endure This book goes a little deeper than that It s horrifying that people could be so cruel and inhumane to people because of their color Unfortunately there still is racism today We are all the same, doesn t matter what color our skin is, what nationality we are, or what part of the world we are from We all FEEL
This is a short, easy read about an escaped slave from St Louis, MO William Wells Brown s story is one of courage, suffering, and finally freedom.
Good readSolid slave narrative The beauty of this work is in the way Brown conveys his struggle A necessary part of the slave cannon.
Of course, I ve read and heard many accounts over the years of the systematic brutalities and humiliations inflicted upon slaves in 19th century America, but there is something particularly chilling about hearing the first hand accounts of one who endured it I was much struck by the multiple examples he gave of churches where masters and their slaves were both counted as members How could a church tolerate such hypocrisy as to allow the contradiction that someone would be a member on Sunday but [...]
Excellent bookExcellent book from an enslave person in america I love the honesty of this writer and how he articulates 19 century america.