A New Anthology of the Writings of Former Slave Peter Randolph

bassardKatherine Bassard, a professor of English and senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, is the editor of a new book on the writings of Peter Randolph, a slave who became a leading abolitionist and religious figure.

RandolphBook_The book, Sketches of Slave Life From Slave Cabin to the Pulpit (West Virginia University Press, 2016), tells the story of an African American man who was born a slave in Virginia. He was freed in 1844 along with all the slaves on his plantation upon the death of the slave owner. Randolph and 65 other slaves were given $15 each from the slave owner’s estate and relocated to Boston.

Professor Bassard is the author of Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

Professor Bassard is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.


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