Major Themes in Select Slave Narratives during the Antebellum Era of America

  • C. Satish Reddy Lecturer, Government Degree College Mydukur, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • G. M. Sundaravalli Senior Professor with the Department of English, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
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In investigating the consequences of the institution of slavery on southern society of United States of America; the investigators come across a significant number of resources available that document slaves experience under the system. Slave narratives are criticized and kept aside for a long time. However, later scholars have come to know that these narratives play a vital role in reconstructing the history of antebellum south. Major themes in theses slave narratives help in understanding the peculiar institution slavery. During the rise of the abolitionist movement, a large number of slave narratives are written and published. Twentieth-century published works, also give comprehensive information about the lives of slaves and slaveholders in the period before the Civil War.

Keywords: Antebellum Era; Slave code; Sexual exploitation; mulattoe; Women resistance; Slaveholder’s religion; African west coast tribe; Racism in post antebellum society.


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Author Biographies

C. Satish Reddy, Lecturer, Government Degree College Mydukur, Andhra Pradesh, India.

C. Satish Reddy, Lecturer in English, Government Degree College Mydukur, Andhra Pradesh, India, is perusing his Ph. D. in the department of English, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He has published his first debut book of poems in English Language titled as Suicide is Suicidal.

G. M. Sundaravalli, Senior Professor with the Department of English, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

Prof. G. M. Sundaravalli is a Senior Professor with the Department of English, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Presently, she is rector of Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. She has nearly 30 years of teaching and research experience in the American Literature, Indian Writing in English, ELT, New Literatures and Comparative Literature. She has guided 10 Ph. D. students and 11 M. Phil students.


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Reddy, C. S., and G. M. Sundaravalli. “Major Themes in Select Slave Narratives During the Antebellum Era of America”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 7, no. 1, Feb. 2020, pp. 60-81,
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