My Southern Home or, The South and Its People

William Wells BROWN (1814 - 1884)

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)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

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Play 01 01 - Preface/Chapter I James K. White
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Play 02 02 - Chapter II James K. White
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Play 03 03 - Chapter III James K. White
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Play 04 04 - Chapter IV James K. White
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Play 05 05 - Chapter V James K. White
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Play 06 06 - Chapter VI James K. White
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Play 07 07 - Chapter VII James K. White
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Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII James K. White
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Play 09 09 - Chapter IX James K. White
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Play 10 10 - Chapter X James K. White
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Play 11 11 - Chapter XI James K. White
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Play 12 12 - Chapter XII James K. White
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Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII James K. White
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Play 14 14 - Chapter XIV James K. White
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Play 15 15 - Chapter XV James K. White
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Play 16 16 - Chapter XVI James K. White
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Play 17 17 - Chapter XVII James K. White
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Play 18 18 - Chapter XVIII James K. White
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Play 19 19 - Chapter XIX James K. White
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Play 20 20 - Chapter XX James K. White
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Play 21 21 - Chapter XXI James K. White
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Play 22 22 - Chapter XXII James K. White
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Play 23 23 - Chapter XXIII James K. White
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Play 24 24 - Chapter XXIV James K. White
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Play 25 25 - Chapter XXV James K. White
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Play 26 26 - Chapter XXVI James K. White
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Play 27 27 - Chapter XXVII James K. White
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Play 28 28 - Chapter XXVIII James K. White
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Play 29 29 - Chapter XXIX James K. White
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