Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown

Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The author paints a narrative of his life in slavery and documents his escape by shipping himself in a small wooden crate from Virginia to an anti-slavery office in Philadelphia.

Oxford University Press
In 1849, Henry Brown escaped from slavery by shipping himself in a three-foot-by-two-foot wooden crate from Virginia to an anti-slavery office in Philadelphia. Twenty-seven hours and 350 miles later, Brown stepped out of his box to begin a new life. This is his memoir, originally published in 1851 in England, as fresh and compelling today as it was 150 years ago. This extraordinary narrative paints an indelible portrait of life in slavery. With a keen sense of irony, Brown examines the "peculiar institution"--from the hypocrisy of slave-owning Christian preachers, to the system of bribery that forced slaves to purchase the rights to their own belongings, to the practice of separating slave families with no warning. The story also describes one of the most audacious, creative escapes ever completed. A classic slave narrative, it makes for unforgettable reading.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780195148541
0195148541
9780195148534
0195148533
Branch Call Number: 305.567 BROWN BROWN
Characteristics: xxxiii, 73 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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