• American literary genre
• First-person accounts
• Slaves wrote their personal stories to:
– Demonstrate their humanity and to counter racial prejudice.
– Prove they could be reliable truth-tellers of their own
– Declare their own literary, psychological, and spiritual
• In their hands, the pen became an instrument of
Adapted from the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History
Lynching takes place between late 18th
century and through the 1960.
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