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African American Women's History Resources at Rubenstein Library: Slave Narratives


The John Hope Franklin Research Center is a repository and outreach division for African and African American history and culture in the David M. Rubenstien Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. The Center houses an extensive collection of archivial materials, books, and manuscripts, on African American women.


The "African American Women's History" LibGuide was co-published by Gloria Ayee, 2014-2015 Franklin Research Center Graduate Intern.

Slave Narratives

  • Burton, Thomas William (1860-1939). What Experience Has Taught Me.  Introduction by John Wesley Gazaway. Illustrated. Cincinnati: Press of Jennings and Graham, 1910. Former slave in Kentucky, physician in Ohio.
  • Ray, Emma J. Smith (1859-1930). Twice Sold, Twice Ransomed: Autobiography of Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Ray. Introduction by C. E. McReynolds. Illustrated. Chicago: Free Methodist Publishing House, 1926. Reprinted Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971. Former Missouri slave, evangelist, revival leader, faith healer, missionary, and WCTU activist; describes her community and religious work, especially in Seattle after 1889; affiliated with the A.M.E. and Free Methodist church.
  • Wells [Barnett], Ida B. (1862-1931). Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells.  Edited and Introduction by Alfreda M. Duster.  Foreword by John Hope Franklin. Illustrated. Bibliography. Index. Chicago: University of Chicago P, 1970. Born a slave in Mississippi; later a noted civil rights worker, civic leader, teacher, newspaper editor, and journalist; active in the NAACP; discusses her life through 1921 and 1927.

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