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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
At last here is a compact, inexpensive paperback that presents the major black autobiographies of the slave era. It is easy now for teachers of literature, history, or sociology to have their students reading the full texts of the classic slave narratives, instead of just reading bits and pieces of them in anthologies. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., provides an informative introduction to the volume, which consists of works by Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Jacobs. Gates notes that these texts "span nearly three-quarters of a century (1789-1861); the authors, two men and two women, include one African, one West Indian, and two African Americans, thereby helping us to understand the full range of the black experience in slavery."
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