Table of Contents:
  • I. Introduction
  • II. Chronology
  • III. Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself
  • Historical background
  • About Frederick Douglass
  • Historical explorations : overseers
  • The life and times of Frederick Douglass / Frederick Douglass
  • The Cotton kingdom (1861) / Frederick Law Olmsted
  • From two letters from The Farmers' Register
  • Historical explorations : Nineteenth-Century American schoolbooks
  • "Dialogue between a master and slave" (1797) / from The Columbian Orator
  • "A discourse delivered before the New York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves", April 12, 1797 / Rev. Samuel Miller
  • From "part of Mr. O'Connor's speech in the Irish House of Commons, in favor of the bill for emancipating the Roman Catholics, 1795 / The Columbian Orator
  • IV. Uncle Tom's cabin
  • Historical background
  • About Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Historical explorations : slave auctions
  • Twelve years a slave (1853) / Solomon Northup
  • Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb, an American slave (1849) / Henry Bibb
  • Narrative of Sojourner Truth : a Northern slave (1850) / Sojourner Truth
  • Historical explorations : underground railroad
  • Reminiscences of Levi Coffin (1880) / Levi Coffin
  • The underground railroad (1872) / William Still
  • The life of Josiah Henson (1849) / Josiah Henson
  • V. Incidents in the life of a slave girl
  • Historical background
  • About Harriet Jacobs
  • Historical explorations : Nat Turner's rebellion
  • The confessions / Thomas R. Gray
  • Two articles from North Carolina : Reporting on Nat Turner / Raleigh Register, Sept. 1, 1831
  • Reporting on Nat Turner / North Carolina Star, Sept. 1, 1831
  • "Nat Turner's insurrection / Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The Atlantic (1861)
  • Historical explorations : The Fugitive Slave Law (1850)
  • The Fugitive Salve Act, September 18, 1850
  • From Ralph Waldo Emerson's speech on the Fugitive Slave Law (1851)
  • From Frederick Douglass's speech on the Fugitive Slave Law (1852)
  • Historical explorations : Nineteenth-Century views of slavery
  • An appeal to the Christian women of the South (1836) / Angela Emily Grimk√©
  • An appeal in favor of that class of Americans called Africans (1836) / Lydia Maria Child
  • "Slavery a positive good" (1837 / John C. Calhoun
  • VI. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Historical background
  • About Mark Twain
  • Historical explorations : abolition
  • "To the public" / William Lloyd Garrison
  • "An address to the slaves of the United States" (1843) / Henry Highland Garnet
  • Historical explorations : slavery and Christianity
  • "A Southern Christian view of slavery: / James Henley Thornwell
  • "Exposition of the views of the Baptists relative to the coloured [sic] population of the United States" / Richard Furman.