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Unsung : unheralded narratives of American slavery & abolition / The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture ; foreword by series editor Kevin Young ; edited with an introduction by Michelle D. Commander.

Young, Kevin, 1970- (writer of foreword.). Commander, Michelle D., 1978- (editor,, writer of introduction.). Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, (issuing body.).

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"An new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center, that makes the case for focusing on the histories of Black people as agents and architects of their own lives and ultimate liberation, with a foreword by Kevin Young. This is the first Penguin Classics anthology published in partnership with the Schomburg Center, a world-renowned cultural institution documenting black life in America and worldwide. A historic branch of NYPL located in Harlem, the Schomburg holds one of the world's premiere collections of slavery material within the Lapidus Center for Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Unsung will place well-known documents by abolitionists alongside lesser-known life stories and overlooked or previously uncelebrated accounts of the everyday lives and activism that were central in the slavery era, but that are mostly excised from today's master accounts. Unsung will also highlight related titles from founder Arturo Schomburg's initial collection: rare histories and first-person narratives about slavery that assisted his generation in understanding the roots of their contemporary social struggles. Unsung will draw from the Schomburg's rich holdings in order to lead a dynamic discussion of slavery, rebellion, resistance, and anti-slavery protest in the United States"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Slave narratives > United States.
Slaves' writings, American.
Fugitive slaves > United States > Biography.
African American abolitionists > Biography.
Abolitionists > United States > Biography.
Slaves > United States > Biography.
Slavery > United States > History > 19th century.
Antislavery movements > United States > History > 19th century.
African Americans > Social conditions > 19th century.
Genre: Slave narratives.

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Unsung : Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery and Abolition
Unsung : Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery and Abolition
by Commander, Michelle D. (Editor, Introduction by); Young, Kevin (Foreword by, Series edited by); Schomburg Center (Editor)
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Unsung : Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery and Abolition

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Drawing from the extensive collections at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this remarkable anthology edited by Commander (associate director and curator, Lapidus Ctr. for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg) collects narratives, from firsthand accounts to published speeches to court proceedings, of Black people becoming the agents of their own lives and liberation in the 19th century. An engaging foreword by Schomburg director Kevin Young is followed by an insightful introduction by Commander, in which she provides context on antislavery movements across the Atlantic world. Moving beyond prominent figures such as Frederick Douglass, this book stands out by bringing awareness to lesser-known American abolitionists, including Sarah Mapps Douglass, Maria W. Stewart, and Lucy Stanton, through the inclusion of their widely-circulated speeches. Also featured are powerful recollections of slavery from Bethany Veney and Henry Clay Bruce, among others, as well as harrowing accounts of escaping slavery from Ellen and William Craft, and more. VERDICT As a whole, this collection showcases the vastness of Black thinking and writing, and nicely complements works by Martha S. Jones and Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers. Complete with a list of suggestions for further reading, this winning anthology is a must for all interested in Black history, but unsure where to start.--Stephanie Sendaula, Library Journal

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