The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative
Mary Prince was born into enslavement in Bermuda. The history of Mary Prince, related by herself, is a first-person account of the horrifically brutal treatment experienced by Prince, and others, as she was bought and sold on between slave-‘owners’. She describes a system in which ‘mothers could only weep and mourn over their children, they could not save them from cruel masters – from the whip, the rope, and the cow-skin’.
Published in 1831, Prince’s History was hugely important in the campaign to abolish the slave system. It is the first published account of enslavement written by a woman; a number of formerly enslaved men living in England, such as Olaudah Equiano, had previously published memoirs.