Author: Austin Steward

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Excerpt from Twenty-two Years a Slave, and Forty Years a Freeman by Austin Steward (1857)

In this excerpt from Twenty-two Years a Slave, and Forty Years a Freeman, published in 1857, Austin Steward tells the story of his life enslaved in Virginia and his escape to freedom in New York. Steward describes the way the enslaved community on the plantation of Capt. William Helm came together to care for enslaved people who had been violently punished by the overseer.

The following text contains racial epithets.