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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Documenting the American South (Project)

Works: 1,901 works in 1,983 publications in 1 language and 71,531 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Autobiographies  Fiction  Slave narratives  Personal narratives‡vConfederate  Short stories  Poetry  Personal narratives  Music 
Classifications: E444, 306.362092
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Most widely held works by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
American slavery as it is; testimony of a thousand witnesses by Theodore Dwight Weld( )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides the testimonies of ex-slaves describing the social conditions of slaves in the South
Behind the scenes : or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley( )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the Scenes is the life story of Elizabeth Keckley, a shrewd entrepreneur who, while enslaved, raised enough money to purchase freedom for herself and her son. Keckley moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a seamstress and dressmaker for the wives of influential politicians. She eventually became a close confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. Several years after President Lincoln's assassination, when Mrs. Lincoln's financial situation had worsened, Keckley helped organize an auction of the former first lady's dresses, eliciting strong criticism from members of the Washington elite. Behind the Scenes is, therefore, both a slave narrative and Keckley's attempt to defend the motives behind the auction. However, the book's publication prompted an even greater public outcry, with the added racial subtext of white society's disdain for Keckley's audacity in publishing details of the Lincolns' private lives. Keckley's dressmaking business failed, the Lincoln family cut all ties with her, and she lived out her final days in a home for the indigent. Scholars have acknowledged the book's valuable account of slave life as well as its intimate view into the Lincoln White House. Biographers of the Lincolns have quoted extensively from Keckley's text
The experience of a slave in South Carolina by John Andrew Jackson( )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

InThe Experience of a Slave in South Carolina, escaped slave John Andrew Jackson seeks to educate his readers on the horrors of slavery. He spares no details in relating the murder of his sister, the separation of his family, and his own frequent whippings at the hands of a "Christian" master and mistress. He offers a scathing review of white religious hypocrisy, criticizing those who could not see the contradiction between worshiping a merciful God on Sundays and holding slaves under inhumane conditions. Jackson details his escape from slavery into Massachusetts as a ship stowaway after he is separated by sale from his first wife and child. He also describes his interactions with Harriet Beecher Stowe; his failed attempts to purchase the freedom of his family members; and his eventual escape into Canada following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law. His work also includes a variety of carefully recorded hymns and antislavery songs. Jackson would eventually flee to England with his second wife before returning to South Carolina after the War. A DOCSOUTH BOOK. This collaboration between UNC Press and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library brings selected classic works from the digital library of Documenting the American South back into print. DocSouth Books uses the latest digital technologies to make these works available as downloadable e-books or print-on-demand publications. DocSouth Books are unaltered from the original publication, providing affordable and easily accessible editions to a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers
Narrative of William W. Brown, an American slave by William Wells Brown( )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By 1849, this book was in its fourth edition, having sold over 8,000 copies in less than eighteen months and making it one of the fastest-selling antislavery tracts of its time. The book's popularity can be attributed both to the strong voice of its author and Brown's notoriety as an abolitionist speaker. The son of a slave and a white man, Brown recounts his years in servitude, his cruel masters, and the brutal whippings he and those around him received. He details his failed attempt to escape with his mother; after their capture, they were sold to new masters. A subsequent escape attempt succeeds
The experience of Rev. Thomas H. Jones who was a slave for forty-three years by Thomas H Jones( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walker's appeal, in four articles ; together with a preamble to the colored citizens of the world, but in particular, and very expressly to those of the United States of America by David Walker( )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1829, 'Walker's Appeal' called on slaves to rise up and free themselves. The two subsequent versions of his document (including the reprinted 1830 edition published shortly before Walker's death) were increasingly radical. Addressed to the whole world but directed primarily to people of colour around the world, the 87-page pamphlet by a free black man born in North Carolina and living in Boston advocates immediate emancipation and slave rebellion
Slave songs of the United States by William Francis Allen( )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1867, Slave Songs of the United States represents the work of its three editors, all of whom collected and annotated these songs while working in the Sea Islands of South Carolina during the Civil War, and also of other collectors who transcribed songs sung by former slaves in other parts of the country. The transcriptions are preceded by an introduction written by William Francis Allen, the chief editor of the collection, who provides his own explanation of the origin of the songs and the circumstances under which they were sung. One critic has noted that, like the editors' introductions to slave narratives, Allen's introduction seeks to lend to slave expressions the honor of white authority and approval. Gathered during and after the Civil War, the songs, most of which are religious, reflect the time of slavery, and their collectors worried that they were beginning to disappear. Allen declares the editors' purpose to be to preserve, "while it is still possible ... these relics of a state of society which has passed away."
Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson( )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains primary source material
Balcony stories by Grace Elizabeth King( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colonel Carter of Cartersville by Francis Hopkinson Smith( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Shelf2Life Literature and Fiction Collection is a unique set of short stories, poems and novels from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. From tales of love, life and heartbreaking loss to humorous stories of ghost encounters, these volumes captivate the imaginations of readers young and old. Included in this collection are a variety of dramatic and spirited poems that contemplate the mysteries of life and celebrate the wild beauty of nature. The Shelf2Life Literature and Fiction Collection provides readers with an opportunity to enjoy and study these iconic literary works, many of which were written during a period of remarkable creativity
Cabbages and kings by O Henry( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cabbages and Kings is still a rather unusual book, even after the experimentation with narrative form that has characterized much of twentieth century literature. With Roads of Destiny it was clear that O. Henry occasionally wanted to do new things with the short story form, and not just continue to produce the slightly sentimental shorts which had brought him popularity. He experimented with the form of the short story while continuing to write about the same sorts of subjects in the same accessible style. In Cabbages and Kings it is the idea of a collection of short stories that Henry plays with, writing what is in effect a novel consisting of short stories. Some parts of the book amount to chapters put in to glue the stories together, while other stories have little relevance to the main plot. This main plot is concerned with revolutionary politics in the fictional South American state of Anchuria, particularly the involvement with them of American citizens resident in the country. The President of Anchuria, Miraflores, has fled the capital with $100,000 from the treasury; he must be captured before he reaches the coast. In the coastal town of Coralio, he and his mistress are discovered, Miraflores kills himself, but the money disappears. The only two people who could know anything about it, the American Goodwin who found him, and Miraflores' mistress, now married to Goodwin, are too important to be suspected, and Goodwin is well known for his honesty. As the new president, Losada, begins to show signs that his rule will become oppressive even by the standards of South America at the time, opposition grows; and this forms the background to Cabbages and Kings. However, the best stories as short stories are those which have little relationship with this background, such as the sequence starting with Shoes centering on the young US consul John de Graffenried Atwood. This indicates that in the end Cabbages and Kings fails as an experiment; Henry's craft is so wedded to the short story form of which he was one of the greatest masters that the extended structure does not come at all naturally. The single background is a bit of a straight jacket, and it tends to fragment whenever Henry has an idea which interests him
God in history : a discourse delivered before the graduating class of the College of Charleston on Sunday evening, March 29, 1863 by James Warley Miles( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Right on the scaffold : or, The martyrs of 1822 by Archibald Henry Grimké( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume Grimke tells the story of Denmark Vesey, a freed, literate slave and a respected community member of Charleston, South Carolina. Vesey became convinced that the slaves were God's chosen people, like the Jews of the Old Testament, and led an unsuccessful insurrection against white slaveholders that resulted in dramatic trials and executions
Biographical sketches and interesting anecdotes of persons of color. To which is added, a selection of pieces in poetry by Abigail Mott( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiography of James L. Smith; including also, reminiscences of slave life, recollections of the war, education of freedmen, causes of the exodus, etc by James L Smith( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of an era by John S Wise( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journal of the public and secret proceedings of the Convention of the People of Georgia : held in Milledgeville and Savannah in 1861 by Georgia( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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