William Wells Brown (1814-1884) was a prominent abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian. Born into slavery in the Southern United States, Brown escaped to the North, where he worked for abolitionist causes and was a prolific writer and lecturer. In 1847, he published the Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself, which became aWilliam Wells Brown (1814-1884) was a prominent abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian. Born into slavery in the Southern United States, Brown escaped to the North, where he worked for abolitionist causes and was a prolific writer and lecturer. In 1847, he published the Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself, which became a bestseller second only to Frederick Douglassa€(TM) narrative. He was also a pioneer in several different literary genres, including travel writing, fiction, and drama, and wrote what is considered to be the first novel by an African American: Clotel; or, The Presidenta€(TM)s Daughter (1853). However, because the novel was published in England, the book is not the first African-American novel published in the United States. Most scholars agree that Brown is the first published African-American playwright. He wrote two plays, The Experience; or, How to Give a Northern Man a Backbone (1856) and The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom (1858). Brown also wrote several historical works, including: The Black Man: His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements (1863), The Negro in the American Revolution (1867) and The Rising Son (1873)....
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Narrative of William W. Brown: A Fugitive Slave (Dodo Press) Reviews
Brown's narrative shares none of the US nationalism of other escape narratives. Brown maintained an indifference to the patriotism that motivated other abolitionists. He also hailed from Missouri instead of the Atlantic South, making this unique escape narrative even more exceptional for its betrayal of a region on the periphery of Unites States slavery
This is a fascinating and often thoughtful meditation on Brown's experiences as a slave in Missouri, and his resultant reflections on the institution of slavery. The contrast with Douglass's narrative provides several grounds for interesting comparison. Brown was enslaved to a "slave driver" delivering slaves up and down the Mississippi and saw the inner mechanisms of the slave market from a rather unique perspective (especially interesting is the incident in which he helps his master blacken the hair of an older slave to make him appear younger, thus cheating the eventual purchaser). He is also very harsh in his condemnations of the religious basis and justification of slavery in the South, several times highlighting the irony of the mistreatment of black brethren in Christ by their white masters; one even sold a member of his church down the river. Very fascinating little book.
Very good read, Very informativeI can't believe what slaves went through during that time. In history class in school they teach you very little what they had to endure. This book goes a little deeper than that. It's horrifying that people could be so cruel and inhumane to people because of their color. Unfortunately there still is racism today. We are all the same, doesn't matter what color our skin is, what nationality we are, or what part of the world we are from. We all FEEL...
This is a short, easy read about an escaped slave from St. Louis, MO. William Wells Brown's story is one of courage, suffering, and finally freedom.
Good readSolid slave narrative. The beauty of this work is in the way Brown conveys his struggle. A necessary part of the slave cannon.
Of course, I've read and heard many accounts over the years of the systematic brutalities and humiliations inflicted upon slaves in 19th century America, but there is something particularly chilling about hearing the first-hand accounts of one who endured it. I was much struck by the multiple examples he gave of churches where masters and their slaves were both counted as members. How could a church tolerate such hypocrisy as to allow the contradiction that someone would be a member on Sunday but a piece of chattel property the other six days of the week? God forgive us!
Excellent bookExcellent book from an enslave person in america. I love the honesty of this writer and how he articulates 19 century america.