Ten slavesall under the age of tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full length autobiographies These accounts,selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age livingin the not so distant past, includestories of young slavestorn from their mothers and families, suffering from starvation, and being whipped and tortured But these are not all tales of deprivation and violence teenagers willrelate toaccountsof slaves challenging authority, playing games, telling jokes,and falling in love These stories cover the range of the slave experience, from the passage in slave ships across the Atlanticand daily life as a slave both on large plantations and in small city dwellingsto escaping slaveryand fighting in the Civil War The writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, and other lesser known slaves are included