Primary Sources


Narrative of James Curry, a Fugitive Slave (1840)
by James Curry of Person County
Full document from Documenting the American South

Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America (1843)
by Moses Grandy of Camden County
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Samuel Hall, 47 Years a Slave (1912)
by Samuel Hall of Iredell County
Full document from Documenting the American South

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1860)
by Harriet Jacobs of Edenton, N.C.
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A True Tale of Slavery (1861)
by John S. Jacobs of Edenton, N.C.
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Experience and Narrative of Uncle Tom Jones, Who Was for Forty Years a Slave (185?)
by Thomas H. Jones of New Hanover County
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The Experience of Thomas H. Jones, who was a Slave for Forty-Three Years (1862)
by Thomas H. Jones of New Hanover County
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Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House (1868)
by Elizabeth Keckley, one time resident of Hillsborough, N.C.
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Recollections of Slavery Times (1895)
by Allen Parker of Chowan County
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From Log Cabin to the Pulpit, or, Fifteen Years in Slavery (1913)
by William H. Robinson of Wilmington, N.C.
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Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery (1848)
by Moses Roper of Caswell County, N.C.
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Recollections of My Slavery Days (1922)
by William Henry Singleton of New Bern, N.C.
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The Narrative of Lunsford Lane (1842)
by Lunsford Lane of Raleigh, N.C.
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