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Henry Bibb (1815-1854) was born to an enslaved woman named Mildred Jackson in Shelby County, Kentucky. His father was a state senator who never acknowledged him. His narrative documents his persistent attempts to escape to freedom, beginning at age ten, offering an insider's view of the degradation and varieties of slavery as well as its bitter legacies within families. Having finally settled in Detroit in 1842, Bibb joined the abolitionist lecture circuit and lived the rest of his days as a well-known African American activist who believed that Canada might offer a haven for the formerly enslaved.

Bibb's autobiography, Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave, was published in 1849. Scholars have pointed out that Bibb's narrative has several distinguishing features among the larger body of slave narratives. Unusually, Bibb survived enslavement in the Deep South and later described it, and his narrative offers documentation of African folkways including conjuring and an account of Native American slaveholding practices as well. Henry Bibb was above all resilient and determined to achieve freedom for himself and others. Unwilling to abandon those he loved, he risked recapture several times to free them from enslavement, too. In the small span of his thirty-nine years he would live to be reunited with three of his brothers who had fled to Canada.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. About This Edition
  2. p. 3
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  1. Summary
  2. pp. 4-11
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. Author’s Preface
  2. p. 24
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  1. Index (contents)
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. Narrative of the Life of Henry Bibb
  2. p. 29
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  1. Chapter I
  2. pp. 30-33
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  1. Chapter II
  2. pp. 34-41
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  1. Chapter III
  2. pp. 42-49
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  1. Chapter IV
  2. pp. 50-56
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  1. Chapter V
  2. pp. 57-66
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  1. Chapter VI
  2. pp. 67-73
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  1. Chapter VII
  2. pp. 74-80
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  1. Chapter VIII
  2. pp. 81-85
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  1. Chapter IX
  2. pp. 86-92
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  1. Chapter X
  2. pp. 93-97
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  1. Chapter XI
  2. pp. 98-104
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  1. Chapter XII
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. Chapter XIII
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. Chapter XIV
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. Chapter XV
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. Chapter XVI
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. Chapter XVII
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. Chapter XVIII
  2. pp. 141-143
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  1. Chapter XIX
  2. pp. 144-146
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  1. Chapter XX
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  1. Opinions of the Press
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469647609
Print ISBN
9781469647586
MARC Record
OCLC
1038710087
Pages
156
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-07
Language
English
Open Access
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