What is the neo-slave narrative?Is Dessa Rose a neo-slave narrative?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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A traditional slave narrative, like Frederick Douglass' autobiography, was written during the time period from personal experience.  These kinds of slave narratives would be considered primary sources. 

A neo-slave narrative is written by contemporary authors who use their imaginations and historical information to create a fictional slave narrative.  Dessa Rose would be considered a neo-slave narrative because it was published in 1999.  Dessa Rose has historical context,  real slave women rebelling against their masters in desperate circumstances and a white woman hiding runaway slaves (from book jacket). 


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