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Unsung : unheralded narratives of American slavery & abolition

Unsung : unheralded narratives of American slavery & abolition / The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture ; foreword by series editor Kevin Young ; edited with an introduction by Michelle D. Commander.
[New York, New York] : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]

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Additional Authors
  • Young, Kevin, 1970-
  • Commander, Michelle D., 1978-
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, issuing body.
xxix, 617 pages; 20 cm.
"A new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center, that makes the case for focusing on the histories of Black people as agents and architects of their own lives and ultimate liberation, with a foreword by Kevin Young. This is the first Penguin Classics anthology published in partnership with the Schomburg Center, a world-renowned cultural institution documenting black life in America and worldwide. A historic branch of NYPL located in Harlem, the Schomburg holds one of the world's premiere collections of slavery material within the Lapidus Center for Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Unsung will place well-known documents by abolitionists alongside lesser-known life stories and overlooked or previously uncelebrated accounts of the everyday lives and activism that were central in the slavery era, but that are mostly excised from today's master accounts. Unsung will also highlight related titles from founder Arturo Schomburg's initial collection: rare histories and first-person narratives about slavery that assisted his generation in understanding the roots of their contemporary social struggles. Unsung will draw from the Schomburg's rich holdings in order to lead a dynamic discussion of slavery, rebellion, resistance, and anti-slavery protest in the United States"--
Series Statement
Penguin classics
Uniform Title
Penguin classics.
Alternative Title
Unheralded narratives of American slavery & abolition
  • Slave narratives.
  • Biographies.
  • History.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references.
  • Foreword / Kevin Young -- Introduction / Michelle D. Commander -- ACCOUNTS OF SLAVE REBELLION AND INSURRECTION. David Horsmanden, from The New-York Conspiracy; or, A History of the Negro Plot, with the Journal of the Proceedings Against the Conspirators at New York in the years 1741-2 (1810) -- From Negro Plot: An Account of the Late Intended Insurrection Among a Portion of the Blacks of the City (1822) -- Thomas Wentworth Higginson, from Nat Turner's insurrection (1861) -- Osborne P. Anderson, from A Voice from Harper's Ferry (1861) -- BLACK ABOLITIONIST VOICES. David Walker, from Walker's Appeal, in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America (1829) -- Sarah Mapps Douglass, "Anti-Slavery Speech Before the Female Literary Society of Philadelphia," The Liberator (1832) -- Maria Stewart, from Productions of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart Presented to the First African Baptist Church & Society, of the City of Boston (1835) -- James Forten Jr., "An Address Delivered Before the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia, on the Evening of the 14th of April, 1836" (1936) -- Lucy Stanton, "A Plea for the Oppressed (1850) -- Mary Ann Shadd Cary, from A Plea for Emigration; or, Notes of Canada West (1852) -- Martin Robinson Delany, from The Condition, Elevation Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States, Politically Considered (1852) -- James W. C. Pennington, from The Reasonableness of the Abolition of Slavery at the South, a Legitimate Inference from the Success of British Emancipation. An Address, Delivered at Hartford, Connecticut, on the First of August, 1856 (1856) -- Selections from the Anglo-African Magazine (Jan 1860) -- H. Ford Douglas, "I Do Not Believe in the Antislavery of Abraham Lincoln," The Liberator (1860) --
  • NARRATIVES OF SLAVERY AND FUGITIVE ESCAPES: James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, from A narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, as Related by Himself (1772) -- Henry Brown, from Narrative of Henry Box Brown, Who Escaped from Slavery Enclosed in a Box 3 Feet Long and 2 Feet Wide (1849) -- Benjamin Drew, from A North-Side View of Slavery, The Refugee; or, The Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada, Related by Themselves (1856) -- Thomas H. Jones, from Experience and Personal Narrative of Uncle Tom Jones; Who Was for Forty Years a Slave. Also the Surprising Adventures of Wild Tom, of the Island Retreat, a Fugitive Negro from South Carolina (c. 1850s) -- Eliza Potter, from A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life (1859) -- Charles Ball, from Fifty Years in Chains; or, The Life of an American Slave (1860) -- William Craft, from Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery (1860) -- Hiram Mattison, from Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon; or, Inside Views of Southern Domestic Life (1861) -- Harper Twelvetrees, from The Story of the Life of John Anderson, The Fugitive Slave (1863) -- Elizabeth Keckley, from Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House (1868) -- William Still, Selections from The Underground Railroad (1872) -- Jacob Stroyer, from My Life in the South (1885) -- Bethany Veney, from The Narrative of Bethany Veney, a Slave Woman (1889) -- Octavia V. Rogers Albert, from The House of Bondage; or, Charlotte Brooks and Other Slaves (1891) -- Henry Clay Bruce, from The New Man: Twenty-Nine Years a Slave, Twenty-Nine Years a Free Man (1895) --
  • ANTISLAVERY POETICS, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, AND DRAMA: Poetry and Music. Jupiter Mammon, "An Address to the Negroes in the State of New York" (1787); An Evening's Improvement, Shewing the Necessity of Beholding the Lamb of God. To Which is Added a Dialogue Entitled "The Kind Master and Dutiful Servant" (1790); and "An Essay on Slavery, with Justification to Divine Providence, That God Rules over All Things" (1786) -- George Horton, "On Liberty and Slavery" in Poems by a Slave (1837) -- John Greenleaf Whittier, selections from Poems Written During the Progress of the Abolition Question in the United States, Between the Years 1830 and 1838 (1837) -- Edwin F. Hatfield, selections from Freedom's Lyre; or, Psalms, Hymns, and Sacred Sons for the Slave and His Friends (1840) -- William Wells Brown, selections from The Anti-Slavery Harp: A Collection of Songs for Anti-Slavery Meetings (1849) -- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, selections from Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects (1857) -- Children's Literature. From The American Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1837s "Children's Department" (1837) -- Eliza Lee Follen, from The Liberty Cap (1846) -- Hannah Townsend and Mary Townsend, from The Anti-Slavery Alphabet (1847) -- Jane Elizabeth Jones, from The Young Abolitionists; or, Conversations on Slavery (1848) -- Kate Barclay, from Minnie May; with Other Rhymes and Stories (1856) -- Anonymous, Julia Colman, and Matilda G. Thompson, from The Child's Anti-Slavery Book: Containing a Few Words About American Slave Children and Stories of Slave-Life (1859) -- (Mrs.) J. D. Chaplin, from Cain and Patsy; the Gospel Preached to the Poor. A Story of Slave Life (1860) -- Oliver Optic, from Watch and Wait; or, The Young Fugitives, a Story for Young People (1864) -- William Wells Brown, from The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom (1858) -- Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, from Peculiar Sam; or, The Underground Railroad (1878) -- THE DAWN OF FREEDOM: Frederick Douglass, from "The Mission of the War" (1864) -- Charlotte Forten, from Life on the Sea Islands (1864) -- Susie King Taylor, from Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops Late 1st S.C. Volunteers (1902) -- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, "We Are All Bound UP Together" (1866) -- Henry McNeal Turner, "I Claim the Rights of a Man: (1868) -- Congressman Richard Harvey Cain, from "All We Ask Is Equal Laws, Equal Legislation, and Equal Rights" (1874) -- Lucy E. Parsons, "I Am an Anarchist" (1886) -- Lost Friends Advertisements from the Southwestern Christian Advocate (1880s-1890s) -- Bibliography.
Call Number
Sc D 21-319
  • 9780143136088
  • 0143136089
Unsung : unheralded narratives of American slavery & abolition / The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture ; foreword by series editor Kevin Young ; edited with an introduction by Michelle D. Commander.
[New York, New York] : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]
Type of Content
Type of Medium
Type of Carrier
Penguin classics
Penguin classics.
Includes bibliographical references.
Chronological Term
Added Author
Young, Kevin, 1970- writer of foreword.
Commander, Michelle D., 1978- editor, writer of introduction.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, issuing body.
Other Form:
Online version: Unsung New York : Penguin Books, 2021 9780525507697 (DLC) 2020042632
Research Call Number
Sc D 21-319
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