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It is important to know some biographical information about the authors of primary source documents. A person's background affects their perspectives on their important issues of their day. For example, a slave obviously possessed very different ideas about and experiences of slavery than a slaveholder. Read or view the biographies attached to this page. These videos provide brief biographical information about the authors of the primary sources presented on the next page and about the primary sources themselves. 

David Walker

Daniel Goodloe

Frederick Law Olmsted

Manumission Society of North Carolina

Harriet Jacobs