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Sketches of Slave Life and From and From Slave Cabin to the Pulpit
by Peter Randolph
edited by Katherine Clay Bassard
West Virginia University Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-1-943665-06-8 | Cloth: 978-1-943665-04-4 | Paper: 978-1-943665-05-1
Library of Congress Classification E444.R19 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 200.92


This book is the first anthology of the autobiographical writings of Peter Randolph, a prominent nineteenth-century former slave who became a black abolitionist, pastor, and community leader.

Randolph’s story is unique because he was freed and relocated from Virginia to Boston, along with his entire plantation cohort. A lawsuit launched by Randolph against his former master’s estate left legal documents that corroborate his autobiographies.

Randolph's writings give us a window into a different experience of slavery and freedom than other narratives currently available and will be of interest to students and scholars of African American literature, history, and religious studies, as well as those with an interest in Virginia history and mid-Atlantic slavery. 


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