The story of Charles Ball is unique. He spent 50 years enslaved. Throughout his autobiography, published with the help of Isaac Fisher, we get to see the grim reality of slavery. Such narratives are hard to come buy since the institution of American slavery relied upon keeping the enslaved illiterate. It was Fisher who physically wrote the narrative, but the experiences and first-hand account of slavery are from Ball. For your consideration, the first few chapters have been made available.