Anna EPREFACE BY THE AUTHOR. READER, be assured this narrative is no fiction. I am aware that some of my adventures may seem in credible; but they are, nevertheless, strictly true. I have not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Sla very ;on the contrary, my descriptions fall far short of the facts. I have concealed the names of places, and given persons fictitious names. I had no motive for secrecy on my own account, but I deemed it kind and considerate towards others to pursue this course. I wish I were more competent to the task I have undertaken. But I trust my readers will excuse deficiencies in consideration of circumstances. I was born and reared in Slavery; and I remained in a Slave State twenty-seven years. Since I have been at the North, it has been necessary for me to work diligently for my own support, and the education of my children. This has not left me much leisure to make up for the loss of early opportunities to im prove myself; and it has compelled me to write these pages at irregular intervals, whenever I could snatch an hour from household duties.
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