Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony

  title={Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony},
  author={D. A. Mcbride},
Even the most cursory review of black literary production during the nineteenth century indicates that its primary concerns were the issues of slavery, racial subjugation, abolitionist politics and liberation. How did the writers of these narratives "bear witness" to the experiences they describe? At a time when a hegemonic discourse on these subjects already existed, what did it mean to "tell the truth" about slavery? Impossible Witnesses explores these questions through a study of fiction… Expand