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Compiled by a prominent abolitionist Theodore Dwight Weld, ###American Slavery As It Is# combines information taken from witnesses, and from active and former slave owners, to generate a condemnation of slavery from both those who observed it and those who perpetuated it. The narrative describes the appalling day-to-day conditions of the over 2,700,000 men, women and children in slavery in the United States. Weld demonstrates how even prisoners--in the United States and in other countries--were significantly better fed than American slaves. Readers will find one of the most meticulous records of slave life available in this text. Unlike personal slave narratives, which focus on a single man or woman's experience, ###American Slavery# details the overall conditions of slaves across multiple states and several years.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. About This Edition
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. ADVERTISEMENT TO THE READER.
  2. p. 6
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  1. NOTE.
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. CONTENTS.
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. INTRODUCTION.
  2. pp. 17-23
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  1. PERSONAL NARRATIVES.
  2. pp. 24-26
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  1. NARRATIVE OF MR. CAULKINS.
  2. pp. 26-41
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  1. NARRATIVE AND TESTIMONY OF REV. HORACE MOULTON.
  2. pp. 42-54
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  1. NARRATIVE AND TESTIMONY OF SARAH M. GRIMKÉ.
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. TESTIMONY OF THE LATE REV. JOHN GRAHAM,
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MR. WILLIAM POE.
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. PRIVATIONS OF THE SLAVES.
  2. p. 69
  1. I. FOOD.
  2. pp. 70-88
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  1. II. LABOR. THE SLAVES ARE OVERWORKED.
  2. pp. 88-101
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  1. III. CLOTHING.
  2. pp. 102-108
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  1. IV. DWELLINGS. THE SLAVES ARE WRETCHEDLY SHELTERED AND LODGED.
  2. pp. 108-111
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  1. V. TREATMENT OF THE SICK. THE SLAVES SUFFER FROM INHUMAN NEGLECT WHEN SICK.
  2. pp. 111-116
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  1. PERSONAL NARRATIVES—PART II.
  2. p. 117
  1. TESTIMONY OF THE REV. WILLIAM T. ALLAN, LATE OF ALABAMA.
  2. pp. 118-123
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  1. NARRATIVE OF MR. WILLIAM LEFTWICH, A NATIVE OF VIRGINIA.
  2. pp. 124-127
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MR. LEMUEL SAPINGTON, A NATIVE OF MARYLAND.
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MRS. NANCY LOWRY, A NATIVE OF KENTUCKY.
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MR. WM. C. GILDERSLEEVE, A NATIVE OF GEORGIA
  2. p. 132
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MR. HIRAM WHITE—A NATIVE OF NORTH CAROLINA.
  2. pp. 133-134
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MR. JOHN M. NELSON—A NATIVE OF VIRGINIA.
  2. pp. 135-149
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  1. GENERAL TESTIMONY TO THE CRUELTIES INFLICTED UPON SLAVES.
  2. pp. 149-161
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  1. PUNISHMENTS.
  2. pp. 166-238
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  1. PERSONAL NARRATIVES—PART III.
  2. p. 240
  1. NARRATIVE AND TESTIMONY OF REV. FRANCIS HAWLEY.
  2. pp. 241-248
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  1. TESTIMONY OF REUBEN G. MACY AND RICHARD MACY.
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MR. ELEAZAR POWELL.
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. TESTIMONY ON THE AUTHORITY OF REV. WM. SCALES, LYNDON, VT.
  2. pp. 257-258
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  1. TESTIMONY OF JOSEPH IDE, ESQ.
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. TESTIMONY OF REV. PHINEAS SMITH.
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. TESTIMONY OF PHILEMON BLISS, ESQ.
  2. pp. 263-269
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  1. TESTIMONY OF REV. WILLIAM A. CHAPIN.
  2. pp. 270-271
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  1. TESTIMONY OF MESSRS. T. D. M. AND F. C. MACY.
  2. pp. 272-275
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  1. TESTIMONY OF A CLERGYMAN.
  2. pp. 276-281
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  1. OBJECTIONS CONSIDERED.
  2. pp. 282-283
  1. OBJECTION I.—"SUCH CRUELTIES ARE INCREDIBLE."
  2. pp. 284-308
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  1. OBJECTION. II.—'SLAVEHOLDERS PROTEST THAT THEY TREAT THEIR SLAVES WELL.'
  2. pp. 309-317
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  1. OBJECTION III.—'SLAVEHOLDERS ARE PROVERBIAL FOR THEIR KINDNESS, HOSPITALITY, BENEVOLENCE, AND GENEROSITY.'
  2. pp. 317-324
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  1. OBJECTION IV.—'NORTHERN VISITORS AT THE SOUTH TESTIFY THAT THE SLAVES ARE NOT CRUELLY TREATED.'
  2. pp. 325-332
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  1. OBJECTION V.—'IT IS FOR THE INTEREST OF THE MASTERS TO TREAT THEIR SLAVES WELL.'
  2. pp. 332-349
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  1. OBJECTION VI.—'THE FACT THAT THE SLAVES MULTIPLY SO RAPIDLY PROVES THAT THEY ARE NOT INHUMANLY TREATED, BUT ARE IN A COMFORTABLE CONDITION.'
  2. pp. 357-367
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  1. OBJECTION VIII.—'PUBLIC OPINION IS A PROTECTION TO THE SLAVE.'
  2. pp. 368-528
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  1. INDEX.
  2. pp. 521-551
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469602875
Print ISBN
9780807869574
MARC Record
OCLC
769189701
Pages
552
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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