Blacks in Bondage: Letters of American Slaves

Written while enslaved or shortly after escape, the words recorded here express complexity and diversity of thought and feeling about slavery and being black. Blacks in Bondage is a landmark document in understanding the human side of history.
“These extraordinary documents provide some rare and enormously valuable glimpses into the interior lives of a number of American slaves. Blacks in Bondage deserves the widest possible readership.”
Journal of Southern History

 

 

 

 

 


The late Robert S. Starobin was the author of Industrial Slavery in the South.

Ira Berlin, University of Maryland, contributed a new introduction for this edition.