Slave narratives are extremely rare. Of the one hundred or so of these testimonies that survive, a mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group.
Wallace Turnage was a teenage field hand on an Alabama plantation, John Washington an urban slave in Virginia. They never met. But both men saw opportunity in the chaos of the Civil War, both escaped North, and both left us remarkable accounts of their flights to freedom. Handed down through family and friends these narratives tell gripping stories of escape.
Working from an unusual abundance of genealogical material, historian David W. Blight has reconstructed Turnage’s and Washington’s childhoods as sons of white slaveholders and their climb to black working-class stability in the North, where they reunited their families. In A Slave No More, the untold stories of two ordinary men take their place at the heart of the American experience.
Richard Allen|Dion Graham
About Richard Allen
Richard Allen is a three-time Audie® nominated, and Earphone Award winning narrator, who is one of the freshest voices to come on the audiobook scene. A stage actor by training, Richard has worked on both sides of the Atlantic. He originated the role of Booker T. Washington in the world premiere of Ragtime-The Musical, in addition to several TV appearances on Star Trek, TNG and E.R.
About Dion Graham
Dion Graham's rich voice makes young adult audiobooks glow with life, whether he's narrating a celebrated novel about a young man's coming-of-age during the Civil Rights movement or an illuminating history of the Ku Klux Klan. Graham has also narrated some stellar adult fare, including several works by Dave Eggers (AudioFile called his performance of A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS a tour de force, "transforming the words on a page into a vibrant experience”).