Anglo-Caribbean Slave Narratives

BLACK SLAVERY AND SLAVE NARRATIVES IN THE ENGLISH CARIBBEAN 

Black Slavery in the Caribbean

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The English Caribbean and the Black Slave Narrative

This type of autobiography, in which a formerly enslaved black narrator testifies to the inhumanity of slavery, represents the most important form of black life writing in the Americas from the late 18th to the late 19th century. In contrast to later, often US-centric texts, these narratives describe journeys between Africa and the West Indies as well as travel among the Caribbean islands and between the West Indies and England. They underline the central place of maritime travel in the history of the Black Atlantic Diaspora.

Case Studies

The following are three case studies of black-authored accounts of Black slave narratives from the English Caribbean. Click on the men’s names to learn more about them and their texts.

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SELECTED RESEARCH LITERATURE

Black Slavery in the English Caribbean

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The Anglo-Caribbean Slave Narrative

The term “Anglo-Caribbean slave narrative” is used here to refer to Black-authored slave narratives from the English Caribbean.

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