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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Blight Narrator: Arthur Morey, Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781415942499
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Slave narratives are extremely rare. Of the one hundred or so of these testimonies that survive, a mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group.

Wallace Turnage was a teenage field hand on an Alabama plantation, John Washington an urban slave in Virginia. They never met. But both men saw opportunity in the chaos of the Civil War, both escaped North, and both left us remarkable accounts of their flights to freedom. Handed down through family and friends these narratives tell gripping stories of escape.

Working from an unusual abundance of genealogical material, historian David W. Blight has reconstructed Turnage’s and Washington’s childhoods as sons of white slaveholders and their climb to black working-class stability in the North, where they reunited their families. In A SLAVE NO MORE, the untold stories of two ordinary men take their place at the heart of the American experience.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 2/20/2014

    " Moving accounts of two men who fled slavery to pursue their own, hard-won happiness. The stories are vividly told, and, as a native Washingtonian, I particularly appreciated the depiction of Washington, D. C. just after the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/31/2014

    " Got what I wanted from it by scanning it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/16/2014

    " Liked the narratives themselves better than the historical review of them, but still an interesting book. Very cool contrast between the two men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyne Peery | 12/30/2013

    " My son gave me this book for Christmas. It really gave me a better understanding of the freeing of slaves during the Civil War. This book gives two accounts actually written by slaves who escaped their masters during the Civil War. Fascinating reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nona Thomas | 11/10/2013

    " I have read many of the WPA slave narratives in the past. This book however gives a complete profile of two men both slaves with different experiences who want to be free. Excellent book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan | 11/10/2013

    " Excellent narratives, from a well-respected & maligned) professor. Less political & more human interest from a horrid period of history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Broyles | 10/22/2013

    " Blight gives a good analysis of the two found texts from extraordinary men who escaped slavery (one after five attempts) in 1862 and 1864. Blight's background of the times and how these men lived their lives in freedom is a nice counterpoint to the way each man tells his own story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 10/16/2013

    " The narratives were incredible. The monograph was competent but unexciting, except for the assertion (I'm paraphrasing) that contrary to the assertion of some modern apologists, the war really was about slavery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam toer | 7/2/2013

    " Fascinating gripping narratives that speak to the legacy of slavery and the meaning of the Civil War and Reconstruction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Peterson | 10/26/2012

    " If you like Civil War history, a pretty cool account. Probably could have been trimmed down quite a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 9/29/2012

    " Amazing! The first-hand recollections buttressed with known historical facts of the day paints a new appreciation for the difficult...impossible...individual journey from slavery to freedom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/11/2012

    " Great book beautiful photos very interesting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjorie | 11/22/2010

    " I really struggled to read this- yet was so interested in the topic. very difficult read- choppy- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barrett | 8/17/2010

    " A well-researched work that places two first-person narratives within a larger historical context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Stratton | 9/2/2009

    " OK. It did give some insight into the actual lives of slaves around the Civil War time and after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/1/2008

    " Ok so i thought this was a book if letters and not actually historical facts. I liked the book and thought it was interesting but i was a little disappointed that it wasnt directly from the two main people. I would suggest it to anyone that i think is interested but will not be reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/18/2008

    " I confess--I skipped most of the intro materials and just read the slave narratives. Maybe a bad choice but it was what interested me most. The slave narratives were fascinating and horrifying. Well worth the time. "

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About the Narrators

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for the Audie Award. He has acted in a number of productions, both Off-Broadway in New York and Off-Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

Dominic Hoffman, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is a Los Angeles–based actor of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in such television shows as The Shield, NYPD Blue, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as the American Conservatory Theater.