Author: William H. Robinson

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Excerpt from From Log Cabin To the Pulpit, or, Fifteen Years in Slavery by William H. Robinson (1913)

In From Log Cabin To the Pulpit, or, Fifteen Years in Slavery, published in 1913, William H. Robinson tells the story of his many attempts to escape slavery as he was sold between farms in eastern Virginia. This narrative, along with other slave narratives, offer a composite portrait of authors’ self-styled personal stories. The amanuensis’ interests, lived experiences, and editing choices, as well as their social relations and expectations shaped the relationship and conversation with the authors. Although the narratives aren’t unmediated autobiographies, they are no less authentic and are just as fruitful a source for reconstructing historical experience.