Slave Narrative mini research
Many African American struggle for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Slave narratives were most widely read. The Confessions of Nat Turner and Toni Morrison's Beloved bear the direct influence of the slave narrative. Anti-slavery writings were significant in the abolitionists' fight against slavery. The slave narratives were popular with the public. Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass sold 30,000 copies between 1845 and 1860. William Wells Brown's Narrative went through four editions in its first year, and Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave sold 27,000 copies during its first two years. In addition to publishing their narratives, Anti- slavery went on tours. They told their stories to audiences throughout the North and in Europe. With the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, Stowe decided to make a strong statement against the institution of slavery. She had been working as a freelance journalist to supplement her husband's small income and help support their six children. In June 1851 Stowe began publishing Uncle Tom's Cabin in the National Era.