From 1842 to 1895, eight former slaves who lived in Worcester wrote narratives of their lives in slavery and in freedom. The book for this course is an edited volume of their stories and includes individual introduction as well as historical and literary background material. We will read individual narratives for each class
GROUP LEADER: Gene McCarthy is a retired Professor from the College of the Holy Cross where he taught African-American literature for many years. He teaches literature and poetry classes for WISE and lives in Worcester with his wife Barbara.
REQUIRED BOOK: From Bondage to Belonging: The Worcester Slave Narratives, eds. B. Eugene McCarthy and Thomas Doughton (UMass Press, 2007) ISBN# 978-1-55849-623-1.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609