At a glance:
- Author: Solomon Bayley
- First Published: 1825
- Type of Work: Slave narrative
- Time of Work: 1770’s-1824
- Setting: Virginia and Delaware
- Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Slave narrative
- Subjects: Nineteenth century, Slavery or slaves, Eighteenth century, Delaware
- Locales: Virginia, United States, North America, Delaware
Form and Content
Solomon Bayley, a former slave, is one of the earliest antebellum African American spiritual writers. His somewhat disjointed, two-part narrative begins with a preface by Robert Hurnard, a Quaker and abolitionist from Essex, England, who met Bayley in Delaware in 1820. Having heard Bayley’s account of his escape from slavery, Hurnard persuaded him to write his life story. The publication of this narrative was intended in part to generate income for the aged and by then childless Bayley and his wife, but the narrative was also designed to place slavery in a...
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