The Slave Narratives

I said in a comment on another post that if the two slave narratives we read this semester are to stay on the syllabus they would both need to because the way the dialogue with each other is what makes them viable sources of learning in the class. Douglass’ narrative and Jacobs’ narrative each have flaws or aspects of the effects of slavery which they do not fully portray. Each is selective in its portrayal of the life of a slave. But when read one after the other like we did in this class, they seem to act together as a more complete portrayal than they would on their own. They depend on each other to be relevant.

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