Bibb, William

Bibb, William (Wyatt)

(1781–1820) U.S. representative/senator, governor; born in Amelia County, Ga. Trained at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a doctor in Georgia (1801–13) and a Democratic Party state politician before going to Congress (1805–13). He left to become a senator (1813–16) but resigned because of public opposition to annual salaries for federal representatives. Appointed governor of the Territory of Alabama (1817–20), he helped frame its state constitution before his premature death.
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While the focus of the chapter is Douglass's 1845 Narrative and Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Li also draws on the narratives of Henry Bibb, William Wells Brown, William and Ellen Craft, and Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom (1855) in order to present a cogent analysis of the dominance of Douglass's 1845 Narrative.
Matlack, Introduction to Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave, Written by Himself (1849), in Puttin' On Ole Massa: The Slave Narratives of Henry Bibb, William Wells Brown, and Solomon Northup, ed.