Life of william grimes the runaway slave is the first fugitive slave narrative in american history because grimes wrote and published his narrative on his own without deference to white editors publishers or sponsors his life has an immediacy candor and no holds barred realism unparalleled in the famous antebellum slave narratives of the period. Life of william grimes the runaway slave and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Life of william grimes the runaway slave is the first fugitive slave narrative in american history when it appeared in new york in 1825 it was the longest african american autobiography published up to that time. William andrews a historian and regina mason a great great great granddaughter of william grimes talked about the book they edited life of william grimes the runaway slave oxford university . The longest african american autobiography published up to that time the life of william grimes the runaway slave written by himself was motivated not so much by a reformist impulse as by personal financial need 3
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