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Neal Lester reading Boston King's MemoirsNeal Lester Reading Boston King’s Memoirs 10/7/2005

The Antislavery Literature Project at Arizona State University announces publication of text, video and audio editions of The Memoirs of Boston King, a Black Preacher

King’s Memoirs is an eighteenth-century autobiographical narrative of an ex-slave born around 1760 in South Carolina.  King joined the British army to fight for his freedom during the American Revolution, re-settled in Nova Scotia after the war, and eventually became a Methodist missionary to Sierra Leone, where he died in 1802. 

Together with an annotated text for students, a digital video presents a reading performance from the Memoirs by Professor Neal Lester, chair of the Arizona State University English Department.  Professor Lester, a scholar of African American literature and culture, focuses his reading selections on King’s spiritual conversion. The video is part of a set of online materials being made available, for free, for adoption in literature and history courses. 

This is a joint project of the Antislavery Literature Project, the ASU English Department, and the EServer at the Iowa State University English Department.

The ASU English Department video in RealMedia format.

E Server audio, video and text



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