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Product Description: Consigned to illiteracy, American slaves left little record of their thoughts and feelings―or so we have believed. But a few learned to use pen and paper to make sense of their experiences, despite prohibitions. These authors’ perspectives rewrite the history of emancipation and force us to rethink the relationship between literacy and freedom...read more

Hardcover:

9780674059863 | Harvard Univ Pr, February 11, 2013, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: One of the cruelest abuses of slavery in America was that slaves were forbidden to read and write.

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9780674088061 | Reprint edition (Harvard Univ Pr, September 7, 2015), cover price $19.95 | About this edition: Consigned to illiteracy, American slaves left little record of their thoughts and feelings―or so we have believed.

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