Greatness, Part 6: The Bondwoman’s Narrative of Slavery

Greatness, Part 6: The Bondwoman’s Narrative of Slavery

I couldn’t believe I was holding it, procured so easily from the public library: “The only known novel by a female African-American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere,”read the cover jacket of The Bondwoman’s Narrative. Harvard Professor Henry Gates, Jr. who laid hold of the original 300-page handwritten manuscript launched an extraordinary quest to unmask the pseudonym of Hannah Crafts. Taking the clues he left, Professor Gregg Hecimovich from Winthrop University located the novelist in history after an assiduous ten-year pursuit of the sweet reward. Hannah Bond was the mulatto house slave who fled a North Carolina plantation disguised as a man and lived to tell her story cast in part fiction.

BondwomanI have always felt a pull toward the African-American odyssey through slavery. The female slave experienced double jeopardy not only for her race but also for her sexual vulnerability. In our look at the psychology and emotional challenge of living under oppression, I’d like to beckon to light the invisible greatness of a woman who made her way out of bondage with pen as she did with her feet.

The above is a snippet of this very interesting narrative from the Blog, A Holistic Journey,  for full story: Greatness, Part 6: The Bondwoman’s Narrative of Slavery

images of slavery
images of slavery
newly arrived slaves
newly arrived slaves…imagine what their feelings….
Imagine .... and they committed NO CRIME
Imagine …. and they committed NO CRIME


  • Angela Grant

    Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

4 thoughts on “Greatness, Part 6: The Bondwoman’s Narrative of Slavery

    1. Thank you. Are you having any delays or other problems with reblogging? I am having difficulty reblogging some posts in which case I now copy a snippet with the link.

      I hope we collaborate in the future. 🙂

      1. Haven’t reblogged lately so I wouldn’t know but funny you ask, bc I’ve been considering reblogging a post. Will let you know if I do – but won’t be for another several days at least if I even reblog. Keep an eye out: I’ll be opening up my blog to participants on a hot topic. Big project coming.

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