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The History of Mary Prince

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After enduring years of cruelty and abuse at the hands of several families who successively owned her in Bermuda and the West Indies, Mary Prince traveled to London in 1828, in the service of the Woods family. There she was granted her freedom in accordance with English law. But England's anti-slavery ruling did not extend to Antigua, and, in order to remain free, Prince had to abandon hopes of rejoining her husband, who had been left behind. Seeking help from Britain's Anti-Slavery Society, she was offered ...
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Overview

After enduring years of cruelty and abuse at the hands of several families who successively owned her in Bermuda and the West Indies, Mary Prince traveled to London in 1828, in the service of the Woods family. There she was granted her freedom in accordance with English law. But England's anti-slavery ruling did not extend to Antigua, and, in order to remain free, Prince had to abandon hopes of rejoining her husband, who had been left behind. Seeking help from Britain's Anti-Slavery Society, she was offered domestic employment and met her employer's friend, Susanna Strickland, to whom she dictated this gripping story of her life.

When it was published in 1831, Prince's History provoked a libel action and counter-suit and required three editions to keep up with public demand. A moving, painstakingly detailed record of the experiences of the author and of her fellow slaves, it became a powerful instrument in the Anti-Slavery Society's campaign against the slave trade. Sara Salih's introduction and notes place the narrative within the context of black history, and examine, as well, Victorian constraints, which required the narrative to be made palatable for contemporary audiences. This edition also includes a chronology and supplementary material on slavery and the case of Mary Prince.

Author Bio: Mary Prince, born in Brackish Pond, Bermuda, in 1788, was the property of Charles Myners until she was given to Captain Williams, and then sold to a series of other masters in Bermuda, Turks Island, and Antigua where in 1826 she married a free man. In 1828, she moved to London where she dictated her narrative.

Sara Salih is a lecturer at Wadham College, Oxford.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140437492
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 522,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Prince (1788) was a Bermudian woman, born into slavery in Brackish Pond, which is now known as Devonshire Marsh, in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. The published story of her slavery was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom and the book had a galvanizing effect on the anti-slavery movement.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Further Reading Chronology A Note on the Text

THE HISTORY OF MARY PRINCE

Notes Appendix One Appendix Two Appendix Three Appendix Four

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    A Great look into the life of slaves in the West Indies

    I often found it hard to follow because I read it on my Droid phone, so I could barely tell when the Author was talking or when the excerpts were actually by Ms Prince

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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