Henry Bibb

Henry Bibb (1815-1854)

The Life of Henry Bibb

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The Narrative of Henry Bibb

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Sources and Further Reading

Primary Sources

There are several editions of Bibb’s narrative. A scholarly edition is this one:

    • Bibb, Henry. The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave. 1849. Introd. Charles Heglar. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.

An online edition accessible for free is this one:

    • Bibb, Henry. The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself. 1849. Documenting the American South (DocSouth). Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000.  Bibb_Narrative

Selected Research Literature

    • Andrews, William L. To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of African American Autobiography. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986.
    • Bailey, Ted. “Portraits of Piety: Authenticating Strategies in Slave Narratives and Two Antebellum African-American Novels.” The AnaChronisT 14 (2009): 47-66.
    • Cooper, Afua Ava Pamela. Doing Battle in Freedom’s Cause”: Henry Bibb, Abolitionism, Race Uplift, and Black Manhood, 1842-1854. Phil.Diss. University of Toronto, 2000. TSpace Repository, University of Toronto Library, 2008.  Cooper_Diss
    • Roth, Sarah N. “‘How a Slave was Made a Man’: Negotiating Black Violence and Masculinity in Antebellum Slave Narratives.” Slavery and Abolition 28.2 (August 2007): 255-275.
    • Green, Keith Michael. Bound to Respect: Antebellum Narratives of Black Imprisonment, Servitude, and Bondage, 1816-1861. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2015.
    • Heglar, Charles. Rethinking the Slave Narrative: Slave Marriage and the Narratives of Henry Bibb and William and Ellen Craft. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.
    • Weyler, Karen A. Empowering Words. Outsiders and Authorship in Early America. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2013.
    • Zafar, Rafia. We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870. New York: Columbia UP, 1997.

Online Sources and Links

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