The Freedmen's Book

Lydia Maria CHILD (1802 - 1880)

Lydia Maria Child, an American abolitionist, compiled this collection of short stories and poems by former slaves and noted activists as an inspiration to freed slaves. In her dedication to the freedmen, she urges those who can read, to read these stories aloud to others to share the strength and courage of and accomplishments of colored men and women. In that spirit, this recording aims to gives that voice a permanent record. (Summary by Rhonda Federman)

Genre(s): Poetry, *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - TO THE FREEDMEN Rhonda Federman
00:01:38
Play 01 01 - Ignatius Sancho by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:23:53
Play 02 02 - Extract from the Tenth Psalm Rhonda Federman
00:01:07
Play 03 03 - Prejudice Reproved by Lydia H. Sigourney Rhonda Federman
00:01:16
Play 04 04 - Benjamin Banneker by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:20:08
Play 05 05 - Ethiopia by Frances E. W. Harper - x Rhonda Federman
00:01:56
Play 06 06 - The Hour of Freedom by William Lloyd Garrison Rhonda Federman
00:00:51
Play 07 07 - William Boen by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:10:53
Play 08 08 - Anecdote of General Washington Rhonda Federman
00:02:15
Play 09 09 - Prayer of the Slave by Bernard Barton Rhonda Federman
00:02:00
Play 10 10 - Toussaint l'Ouverture, Part 1 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:29:31
Play 11 11 - Toussaint l'Ouverture, Part 2 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:35:14
Play 12 12 - Toussaint l'Ouverture, Part 3 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:41:43
Play 13 13 - The Aspirations of Mingo by Mingo, a Slave - x Rhonda Federman
00:03:03
Play 14 14 - Bury Me in a Free Land by Frances E. W. Harper - x Rhonda Federman
00:00:55
Play 15 15 - Phillis Wheatley by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:15:26
Play 16 16 - A Pertinent Question by Frederick Douglass - x Rhonda Federman
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Play 17 17 - The Works of Providence by Phillis Wheatley - x Rhonda Federman
00:04:59
Play 18 18 - The Dying Christian by Frances E. W. Harper - x Rhonda Federman
00:00:56
Play 19 19 - Kindness to Animals by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:07:57
Play 20 20 - James Forten by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:06:15
Play 21 21 - The Meeting in the Swamp by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:14:37
Play 22 22 - A Reasonable Request by Peter Williams - x Rhonda Federman
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Play 23 23 - The Slave Poet by George Horton, a Slave - x Rhonda Federman
00:05:57
Play 24 24 - Ratie by Mattie Griffith Rhonda Federman
00:18:49
Play 25 25 - The Kingdom of Christ by James Montgomery Rhonda Federman
00:01:30
Play 26 26 - Progress of Emancipation in the British West Indies, Part 1 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:25:45
Play 27 27 - Progress of Emancipation in the British West Indies, Part 2 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:18:58
Play 28 28 - The Last Night of Slavery by James Montgomery Rhonda Federman
00:01:18
Play 29 29 - Madison Washington by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:14:58
Play 30 30 - Extract from the Virginia Bill of Rights Rhonda Federman
00:01:10
Play 31 31 - Praise of Creation by George Horton - x Rhonda Federman
00:01:23
Play 32 32 - Frederick Douglass, Part 1 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:21:07
Play 33 33 - Frederick Douglass, Part 2 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:19:22
Play 34 34 - How the Good Work goes on Rhonda Federman
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Play 35 35 - Dedication Hymn by J. M. Whitefield - x Rhonda Federman
00:02:49
Play 36 36 - A Prayer by John G. Whittier Rhonda Federman
00:00:47
Play 37 37 - William and Ellen Crafts, Part 1 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:28:43
Play 38 38 - William and Ellen Crafts, Part 2 by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:23:08
Play 39 39 - Spring by George Horton - x Rhonda Federman
00:01:58
Play 40 40 - The Good Grandmother by Harriet Jacobs - x Rhonda Federman
00:27:51
Play 41 41 - The Colored Mother's Prayer Rhonda Federman
00:01:24
Play 42 42 - William Costin Rhonda Federman
00:01:56
Play 43 43 - Education of Children by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:10:28
Play 44 44 - Thank God for Little Children by Frances E. W. Harper - x Rhonda Federman
00:01:36
Play 45 45 - Sam and Andy by Harriet Beecher Stowe Rhonda Federman
00:29:05
Play 46 46 - John Brown by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:03:38
Play 47 47 - The Air of Freedom by Frances E. W. Harper - x Rhonda Federman
00:03:12
Play 48 48 - Emancipation in the District of Columbia by James Madison Bell - x Rhonda Federman
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Play 49 49 - The Laws of Health by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:08:37
Play 50 50 - President Lincoln's Proclamation of Emancipation by Frances E. W. Harper - x Rhonda Federman
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Play 51 51 - New-Year's Day on the Islands of South Carolina by Charlotte L. Forten - x Rhonda Federman
00:12:45
Play 52 52 - Song of the Negro Boatmen at Port Royal, S. C. by John G. Whittier Rhonda Federman
00:02:40
Play 53 53 - Extract from Speech to Colored People in Charleston by Hon. Henry Wilson Rhonda Federman
00:05:57
Play 54 54 - Extract from Speech to Colored People in Charleston by Hon. Judge Kelly Rhonda Federman
00:04:43
Play 55 55 - Black Tom by A Yankee Soldier Rhonda Federman
00:03:04
Play 56 56 - Letter from a Freedman by Jourdon Anderson - x Rhonda Federman
00:06:10
Play 57 57 - Colonel Robert G. Shaw by Eliza B. Sedgwick Rhonda Federman
00:02:13
Play 58 58 - Advice from an Old Friend by L. Maria Child Rhonda Federman
00:16:42
Play 59 59 - Day of Jubilee by A. G. Duncan Rhonda Federman
00:01:12