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Some 6,000 narratives written by African American slaves were published between 1700 and 1950. Memoirs written by slaves or former slaves—full of description, emotion, and reflection—begin the canon of African American literature and this Focus On Photo essay explores these narratives and their authors. Find out more.
Read more about the life of Florence (Akeiso) Hall and the “Memoirs of Florence Hall”, a powerful glimpse of the ordeal of a young woman’s captivity in Africa, her experience of the Middle Passage, and her enslavement in early nineteenth-century Jamaica. Find out more.
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The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography is a major biographical reference work covering the lives and legacies of notable Afro-descendants from the Caribbean and Latin American, men and women from all eras and walks of life.