Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Free Black Man's Encounter with Liberty (Paperback)J. William Harris (author)
Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 04/03/2011
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In 1775, Thomas Jeremiah was one of fewer than five hundred "Free Negros" in South Carolina and, with an estimated worth of GBP1,000 (about $200,000 in today's dollars), possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America. A slaveowner himself, Jeremiah was falsely accused by whites-who resented his success as a Charleston harbor pilot-of sowing insurrection among slaves at the behest of the British. J. William Harris tells Jeremiah's story in full for the first time, illuminating the contradiction between a nation that would be born in a struggle for freedom and yet deny it-often violently-to others. "Fast-paced, deeply researched. . . . gripping. . . . Harris' book reminds us that throughout history, liberty for some has rested on the denial of freedom for others."-John David Smith, Raleigh News and Observer A Best Book of 2009, Library Journal Silver medal winner of the ForeWord Magazine 2009 Book of the Year Award in the History category
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm
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