Major Themes in Select Slave Narratives during the Antebellum Era of America
In investigating the consequences of the institution of slavery on southern society of United States of America; the investigators come across a significant number of resources available that document slaves experience under the system. Slave narratives are criticized and kept aside for a long time. However, later scholars have come to know that these narratives play a vital role in reconstructing the history of antebellum south. Major themes in theses slave narratives help in understanding the peculiar institution slavery. During the rise of the abolitionist movement, a large number of slave narratives are written and published. Twentieth-century published works, also give comprehensive information about the lives of slaves and slaveholders in the period before the Civil War.
Keywords: Antebellum Era; Slave code; Sexual exploitation; mulattoe; Women resistance; Slaveholder’s religion; African west coast tribe; Racism in post antebellum society.
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