Listen to the Slaves. http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/. SLAVE NARRATIVES. Charles T. Davis & Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (1985) The Slave’s Narrative . Oxford University Press, New York. An engraved portrait, signed by the narrator
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“Before your Grace can see these lines,I
shall be again traversing the great Atlantic.
Will you, Madam, pardon this utterance of
the deep-felt sentiment of a grateful heart,
which can only find indulgence and relief in
the humble dedication of this Volume to you,
as my honoured patroness, and the generous
friend of the Negro people in all lands?” (page iv)
On Being Brought from Africa to America
Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view that sable race with scornful eye:
“Their colour is a diabolic dye.”
Remember, Christians, Negroes black as Cain
May be refined and join the angelic strain.
Passages from Long:
-Negroes were “void of genius” and had “no moral situations; no taste but for women;… drinking to excess; no wish but to be idle.”
-Orang-outan nearly human: Could be taught to eat at a dinner table and taught to speak. Orangs did not “seem at all inferior in the intellectual faculties to many of the negroe race.”