The influence of the slave narrative reaches slave narratives naked the twentieth-first century. My soul was set all on fire. After slavery was abolished in North America inat least fifty former slaves wrote or dictated book-length accounts of their lives. During the first five years of its publication, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is estimated to have sold at least 30, copies, a greater number slave narratives naked sales than Moby-DickWaldenand Song of Myself could have amassed in common during the first five years of their publication. Why would Douglass make such a decision, knowing his readership wanted to read these kinds of escape accounts in his post-Civil War Life and Times of Frederick Douglasshe explained how he made his way to freedom?
Slavery's Harrowing Reality
Straightway a meeting was called among the colored people, under the stereotyped notice, "Business of importance! Bruce, informing slave narratives naked that my new master was still searching for me, and that she intended to put an end to this persecution by buying my freedom. She had gone "where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.
My grandmother lived to rejoice in my freedom; but not long after, a letter came with a black seal. I seem to see the expression of her face, as she turned away discouraged by my obstinate mood. I saw no whipping of men; but all seemed to go smoothly on.