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Thirty Years A Slave

Read by James K. White


Louis Hughes


Louis Hughes was born a slave near Charlottesville, Virginia to a white father and a black slave woman. Throughout his life he worked mostly…

The Atrocities of the Pirates

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Aaron Smith


In 1822, Aaron Smith, a young English seaman, was taken captive by Cuban pirates when his ship was boarded en route from Jamaica to England.…

The Monk: A Romance

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Matthew Lewis


Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk: A Romance is a story of frustrated and unrequited desire between mentor and pupil mixed with elements of t…

White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War

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Herman Melville


This is a tale based on Melville's experiences aboard the USS United States from 1843 to 1844. It comments on the harsh and brutal realities…

Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave

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Henry Bibb


Henry Walton Bibb was born a slave. His father was white although his identity was not positively known. Bibb was separated from his mother …

Toussaint L’Ouverture: A Biography and Autobiography

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John Relly Beard


François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803) rose to fame in 1791 during the Haitian struggle for independence. In this revol…

The Conjure Woman

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Charles Waddell Chesnutt


Published in 1899 by Houghton Mifflin, Chesnutt's first book, The Conjure Woman, was a collection of seven short stories, all set in "P…

Redburn: His First Voyage

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Herman Melville


Melville wrote of some of his earliest experiences at sea in the story of Wellingborough Redburn, a wet-behind-the-ears youngster whose head…

The Letters of Mark Twain, Complete

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Mark Twain


These letters were arranged in two volumes by Albert Bigelow Paine, Samuel L. Clemens's literary executor, as a supplement to Mark Twain, A …

My Southern Home or, The South and Its People

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William Wells Brown


William Wells Brown was born a slave, near Lexington, Kentucky. His mother, Elizabeth, was a slave; his father was a white man who never ack…

The Colored Cadet at West Point

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Henry Ossian Flipper


Henry Ossian Flipper--born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia on March 21, 1856--did not learn to read and write until just before the end…

The Marrow of Tradition

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Charles Waddell Chesnutt


In The Marrow of Tradition, Charles W. Chesnutt--using the 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina massacre as a backdrop--probes and exposes the ra…

Journal of A Residence On A Georgian Plantation, 1838-1839

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Frances Anne Kemble


Fanny Kemble was a British actress who married mega-plantation owner, Pierce Butler of Georgia. During her marriage she kept journals of eve…

The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line

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Charles Waddell Chesnutt


Published in 1899, The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line is a collection of narratives that addresses the impact of Jim …

The House Behind the Cedars

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Charles Waddell Chesnutt


In this, Chesnutt's first novel, he tells the tragic story of love set against a backdrop of racism, miscegenation and “passing” during the …

The Life and Adventures of Alexander Selkirk

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John Howell


This work was the true story of Alexander Selkirk (1676 to December 13, 1721), a Scottish sailor who was employed in a number of different t…

The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles

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Herman Melville


The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles is a novella by American author Herman Melville. First published in Putnam's Magazine in 1854, it consists…

From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or Struggles for Freedom

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Lucy Ann Delaney


In From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or Struggles for Freedom Delaney tells the story of how she was born into slavery of her mother--a fr…

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

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James Weldon Johnson


Johnson's only novel, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, was originally published anonymously in 1912. It is a fictional novel written …

Three Years In Europe

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William Wells Brown


William Wells Brown was born a slave, near Lexington, Kentucky. His mother, Elizabeth, was a slave--his father a white man who never acknowl…

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