An important document in understanding the struggle against racism, Unsung complements the focus of the BLM protest movements, as well as the aim of programmes such as the New York Times' 1619 ProjectIn partnership with the New York Public Library's world-renowned Schomburg Centre, Unsung provides unparalleled access to the world's premiere collections of slavery materialUnsung brings together a diverse array of slave narratives -- from timeless abolitionist writing to never-before published accounts of slave revoltsIncludes a brilliant foreword by Kevin Young, an award-winning poet and director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
A groundbreaking collection of abolitionist writing from throughout the history of American slavery
From the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade to the ambiguity of the reconstruction era, resistance and protest writing were a central part of slavery in America, and - ultimately - played a crucial role in its abolition. Placing well-known abolitionist writing alongside less celebrated and little-known accounts of everyday lives and activism, Unsung makes the case for focusing on the histories of black people as agents and architects of their own struggle and ultimate liberation.
Michelle CommanderKevin Young
Michelle D. Commander is the associate director and curator of the Schomburg Center, a historic branch of New York Public Library and the world's foremost archive of slavery material. She previously served as associate professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee.