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Sam Hall, 47 Years A Slave: A Brief Story of His Life Before and After Freedom Came to Him

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Sam Hall, 47 Years A Slave: A Brief Story of His Life Before and After Freedom Came to Him.  Washington, Iowa: Journal Print, 1912.  Posted at Documenting the American South.  https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/hall/summary.html.

There are few contemporary accounts of African-American life in Iowa from the late 1800s.  This is a great one, written along with Orville Elder--who wrote much of the first sections of the book, so look out for first and third person writing.  This is from “Documenting the American South,” a fantastic collection of links from UNC to every surviving slave autobiography.  Yes, you read that right: all of them.  https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/hall/summary.html