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Boards show considerable rubbing along edges and to corners. Corners are moderately bumped and show pronounced rubbing with exposed boards. Spine from recased book has firm ends and features new label with minimal fading. Slave catchers were paid high bounties to return slaves to their owners, and the new law required enforcement even by free states and their citizens, although many resisted. Brown lectured widely to antislavery circuits in the UK to build support for the US movement. He often showed a metal slave collar as demonstration of the institution's evils.
By dint of resolution, self-culture, and force of character, he [Brown] has rendered himself a popular lecturer to a British audience, and vigorous expositor of the evils and atrocities of that system whose chains he has shaken off so triumphantly and forever. We may safely pronounce William Wells Brown a remarkable man, and a full refutation of the doctrine of the inferiority of the negro.
Brown also used this time to learn more about the cultures, religions, and different concepts of European nations. He felt that he needed always to be learning, in order to catch up and live in a society where others had been given an education when young. In his memoir of travel in Europe, he wrote,. He who escapes from slavery at the age of twenty years, without any education, as did the writer of this letter, must read when others are asleep, if he would catch up with the rest of the world.
At the International Peace Conference in Paris , Brown faced opposition while representing the country that had enslaved him. Later he confronted American slaveholders on the grounds of the Crystal Palace. His travel account was popular with middle-class readers as he recounted sightseeing trips to the foundational monuments of European culture. He soon focused on anti-slavery efforts. His speeches expressed his belief in the power of moral suasion and the importance of nonviolence.
He often attacked the supposed American ideal of democracy and the use of religion to promote submissiveness among slaves. Brown constantly refuted the idea of black inferiority. Due to his reputation as a powerful orator, Brown was invited to the National Convention of Colored Citizens , where he met other prominent abolitionists. When the Liberty Party formed, he chose to remain independent, believing that the abolitionist movement should avoid becoming entrenched in politics.
He continued to support the Garrisonian approach to abolitionism.
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He shared his own experiences and insight into slavery in order to convince others to support the cause. In , he published his memoir, the Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself , which became a bestseller across the United States, second only to Frederick Douglass ' slave narrative memoir. Brown critiques his master's lack of Christian values and the customary brutal use of violence by owners in master-slave relations. When Brown lived in Britain, he wrote more works, including travel accounts and plays.
William Wells Brown, ? The Black Man: His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements.
It portrays the fictional plight of two mulatto mixed-race daughters born to Thomas Jefferson and one of his slaves. His novel is believed to be the first written by an African American.
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Historically, Jefferson's household was known to include numerous mixed-race slaves, and there were rumors since the early 19th century that he had children with a slave, Sally Hemings. In Jefferson freed five mixed-race slaves in his will; some historians now believe that two brothers, Madison and Eston Hemings , were among his four surviving children from his long-term relationship with Sally Hemings. As Brown's novel was first published in England and not until later in the United States, it is not the first novel by an African American published in the US.
Most scholars agree that Brown is the first published African-American playwright. He read the latter aloud at abolitionist meetings in lieu of the typical lecture. Brown continually struggled with how to represent slavery "as it was" to his audiences. For instance, in an lecture to the Female Anti-Slavery Society of Salem, Massachusetts , he said, "Were I about to tell you the evils of Slavery, to represent to you the Slave in his lowest degradation, I should wish to take you, one at a time, and whisper it to you.
Slavery has never been represented; Slavery never can be represented. His last book was another memoir, My Southern Home Brown stayed abroad until The second class are those who are ignorant of the characteristics of the race, and are the mere echoes of the first.
To meet and refute these misrepresentations, and to supply a deficiency, long felt in the community, of a work containing sketches of individuals who, by their own genius, capacity, and intellectual development, have surmounted the many obstacles which slavery and prejudice have thrown in their way, and raised themselves to positions of honor and influence, this volume was written.
The characters represented in most of these biographies are for the first time put in print.
The author's long sojourn in Europe, his opportunity of research amid the archives of England and France, and his visit to the West Indies, have given him the advantage of information respecting the blacks seldom acquired. If this work shall aid in vindicating the Negro's character, and show that he is endowed with those intellectual and amiable qualities which adorn and dignify human nature, it will meet the most sanguine hopes of the writer. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 5.
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