Twenty-two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman

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Revealing, poignantly written autobiography describes what life in America was like for a former slave: the help he received from abolitionist groups; his years as a successful merchant in Rochester, New York; and his support of a small ex-slave community in Canada.

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Twenty-Two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman

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Overview

Revealing, poignantly written autobiography describes what life in America was like for a former slave: the help he received from abolitionist groups; his years as a successful merchant in Rochester, New York; and his support of a small ex-slave community in Canada.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486434490
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/18/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Letter from Governor Clark 3
Testimony from Rochester Citizens 5
Recommendatory 7
Preface 9
I Slave Life on the Plantation 11
II At the Great House 15
III Horse-Racing and Its Consequences 27
IV Journey to Our New Home in New York 34
V Incidents at Sodus Bay 37
VI Removal from Sodus to Bath 39
VII Dueling 41
VIII Horse-Racing and General Training 44
IX Death-Bed and Bridal Scenes 53
X Hired Out to a New Master 58
XI Thoughts on Freedom 66
XII Captain Helm--Divorce--Kidnaping 72
XIII Locate in the Village of Rochester 77
XIV Incidents in Rochester and Vicinity 85
XV Sad Reverses of Captain Helm 89
XVI British Emancipation of Slavery 92
XVII Oration--Termination of Slavery in the British Possessions 94
XVIII Condition of Free Colored People 101
XIX Persecution of the Colored People 106
XX Removal to Canada 113
XXI Roughing It in the Wilds of Canada 117
XXII Narrow Escape of A Smuggler 120
XXIII Narrative of Two Fugitives from Virginia 124
XXIV Pleasant Re-Union of Old and Tried Friends 129
XXV Private Losses and Private Difficulties 134
XXVI Incidents and Peculiarities of the Indians 136
XXVII Our Difficulties with Israel Lewis 141
XXVIII Desperation of A Fugitive Slave 149
XXIX A Narrow Escape from My Enemies 153
XXX Death of B. Paul and Return of His Brother 156
XXXI My Family Return to Rochester 162
XXXII The Land Agent and the Squatter 166
XXXIII Character and Death of Israel Lewis 171
XXXIV My Return to Rochester 175
XXXV Bishop Brown--Death of My Daughter 180
XXXVI Celebration of the First of August 187
XXXVII Conclusion 190
Correspondence 205
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