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William Wells Brown: An African American Life

Ezra Greenspan
Format
Book
Published
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780393240900, 0393240908
Summary
"Born into slavery in Kentucky, raised on the Western frontier on the farm adjacent to Daniel Boone's, "rented" out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the young man known as "Sandy" reinvented himself as "William Wells" Brown after escaping to freedom. He lifted himself out of illiteracy and soon became an innovative, widely admired, and hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British) and went on to write the earliest African American works in a plethora of genres: travelogue, novel (the now canonized Clotel), printed play, and history. He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights." -- Publisher's description.
Contents
  • Part I. From life to letters
  • 1. Antecedents in black and white
  • 2. Down the river, up the river
  • 3. Sweet freedom
  • 4. The road to reform
  • 5. Narrative of a life, life of a narrative
  • Part 2. England
  • 6. London, the biggest stage
  • 7. "Almost an Englishman"
  • Part 3. Civil war
  • 8. "Upon an experimental voyage"
  • 9. The black man at war
  • Part 4. "The world does move "
  • 10. "Help me to find my people"
  • 11. My southern home, revisited.
Description
vii, 614 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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