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The difference between a slave narrative and a neo-slave narrative could be compared to the difference between primary and secondary sources.
Based on personal experience, a slave narrative is a first hand testimony of slavery. As a primary source, slave narratives are not accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. A well-known example of a slave narrative. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a slave narrative, because it was written during his lifetime, from Douglass' own personal experience.
Neo-slave narratives are fictional. Instead of being written from personal experience, these stories are created by contemporary authors who use historical information, research, and a healthy dose of imagination. Shirley Anne Williams' novel Dessa Roseor Middle Passageby Charles Johnson are both great examples of a neo-slave narrative.
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