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Author Saint, Chandler B.

Title Making freedom : the extraordinary life of Venture Smith / Chandler B. Saint & George A. Krimsky.

Imprint Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, c2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.362 Sm67Bs 2009    ---  Available
Description xiii, 186 p. : ill., facsims., maps ; 25 cm.
Note Includes facsimile of the 1798 narrative (p.113-[144]).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-174) and index.
Contents The early years -- The crucible years -- The transitional years -- The final years.
Summary This book is the first in depth exploration of the life of Venture Smith (1728-1805), a New England slave who was sold into bondage as a boy in Africa and labored for nearly a quarter century before purchasing his own freedom and transforming himself into a highly respected American citizen. Drawing on years of research and documentation, including Venture Smith's rare personal autobiography, the authors recount the extraordinary challenges he overcame. They cast a rare light on what it was like to be an African American in the north during the Colonial era. This story's relevance today prompted the BBC to produce a documentary on scholars' efforts to learn more about Venture Smith, his life, and family. The book includes a wealth of illustrations, a timeline, and Smith's original 1798 narrative in facsimile form.
Subject Smith, Venture, 1729?-1805.
Slaves -- Connecticut -- Biography.
Free African Americans -- Connecticut -- Biography.
African Americans -- Connecticut -- Biography.
Slavery -- Connecticut -- History -- 18th century.
Connecticut -- Race relations -- History -- 18th century.
Haddam (Conn.) -- Biography.
Genre/Form Smith, Venture.
Added Author Krimsky, George A.
ISBN 9780819568540 (cloth : alk. paper)
0819568546 (cloth : alk. paper)

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