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My Southern Home or, The South and Its People

William Wells Brown (1814-1884)

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1. 01 - Chapter I
2. 02 - Chapter Ii
3. 03 - Chapter III
4. 04 - Chapter IV
5. 05 - Chapter V
6. 06 - Chapter VI
7. 07 - Chapter VII
8. 08 - Chapter VIII
9. 09 - Chapter IX
10. 10 - Chapter X
11. 11 - Chapter XI
12. 12 - Chapter XII
13. 13 - Chapter XIII
14. 14 - Chapter XIV
15. 15 - Chapter XV
16. 16 - Chapter XVI
17. 17 - Chapter XVII
18. 18 - Chapter XVIII
19. 19 - Chapter XIX
20. 20 - Chapter XX
21. 21 - Chapter XXI
22. 22 - Chapter XXII
23. 23 - Chapter XXIII
24. 24 - Chapter XXIV
25. 25 - Chapter XXV
26. 26 - Chapter XXVI
27. 27 - Chapter XXVII
28. 28 - Chapter XXVIII
29. 29 - Chapter XXIX

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William Wells Brown was born a slave, near Lexington, Kentucky. His mother, Elizabeth, was a slave; his father was a white man who never acknowledged his paternity. Brown escaped slavery at about the age of 20. For many years he worked as a steam boatman and as a conductor for the Underground Railroad in Buffalo, New York. In 1843, he became a lecturer for the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society, and was a contemporary of Frederick Douglass.Brown went to Europe in 1849 to encourage British support for the anti-slavery movement in the United States. He remained there until 1854 when British abolitionists purchased his freedom. Soon afterward, he returned to the United States to continue his work in the abolitionist movement.Throughout his life he wrote several books, including his autobiography, Three Years In Europe; Or, Places I Have Seen And People I Have Met, Clotel, and The Rising Son; or, The Antecedents and Advancement of the Colored Race, among others. In My Southern Home: Or, The South And Its People, Brown’s final work, he reflects on his life and his experiences as a slave from a post-emancipation perspective. It is a review of his travels through several southern states during the time of slavery, including his observations and commentary on the social and political relationships between whites and African Americans of that period. (Introduction by James K. White)