Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days

Annie L. BURTON (c. 1858 - )

This is a short and simple, yet poignant autobiography of Annie Burton, who recounts her early carefree childhood as a slave on a southern plantation while the Civil War raged around her, and after the Emancipation Proclamation, how her life changed as she struggled to maintain herself and family, manage her finances, and develop as a free person of color. The last half of the narrative relies heavily upon speeches, poems, and hymns written by others that stirred Annie's religious passions and increased her pride in her heritage, including a very powerful speech by Dr. P. Thomas Stanford, "The Race Question in America", which no doubt gave Annie some historical perspective, boosted her pride, and offered much food for thought to her readers upon that important subject. (Summary by Michele Fry)

Genre(s): Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Recollections Of A Happy Life Michele Fry
00:36:11
Play 02 Reminiscences Michele Fry
00:15:09
Play 03 A Vision Michele Fry
00:04:12
Play 04 Abraham Lincoln Michele Fry
00:04:58
Play 05 The Race Question In America Michele Fry
00:16:27
Play 06 Historical Composition Michele Fry
00:02:01
Play 07 My Favorite Poems Michele Fry
00:10:05
Play 08 My Favorite Hymns Michele Fry
00:11:18