Kate Drumgoold

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Kate Drumgoold was an American woman born into slavery around 1858 near Petersburg, Virginia. Her life is captured in her autobiography, A Slave Girl's Story, Being an Autobiography of Kate Drumgoold. It offers a message of racial uplift, faith, and education.[1] "It is rare portrait of a former slave who moved between the highly urbanized environment of New York City and the rural South."[this quote needs a citation]


  1. ^ Gardner, Eric. “Drumgoold, Kate” African American National Biography. Edited by Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Oxford African American Studies Center, October 4, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Andrews, William L., ed Six Women's Slave Narratives (1988).
  • DePriest, Tomika. Drumgoold, Kate,” Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, ed. Darlene Clark Hine. Brooklyn, New York: Carlson Publishing, 1993, 356-357.
  • Drumgoold, Kate. A Slave Girl's Story. Being an Autobiography of Kate Drumgoold. Brooklyn: The Author, 1898.
  • Fleischner, Jennifer. Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives, New York: New York University Press, 1996
  • Gwin, Minrose C. "Drumgoold, Kate," The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 237.
  • Jones, Sharon L. “Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family and Identity in Women’s Slave Narratives. ” MELUS (2000): 307 in Context. Web 13 Sept 2012.
  • Malburne, Meredith. "Summary of A Slave Girl's Story. Being an Autobiography of Kate Drumgoold." Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.