A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten

Paperback | November 5, 2004

byJulie Winch

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Winch has written the first full-length biography of James Forten, a hero of African American history and one of the most remarkable men in 19th-century America.Born into a free black family in 1766, Forten served in the Revolutionary War as a teenager. By 1810 he had earned the distinction of being the leading sailmaker in Philadelphia. Soon after Forten emerged as a leader in Philadelphia's black community and was active in a wide range of reformactivities. Especially prominent in national and international antislavery movements, he served as vice-president of the American Anti-Slavery Society and became close friends with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent money to start up the Liberator. His family were all active abolitionists and agranddaughter, Charlotte Forten, published a famous diary of her experiences teaching ex-slaves in South Carolina's Sea Islands during the Civil War.This is the first serious biography of Forten, who stands beside Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., in the pantheon of African Americans who fundamentally shaped American history.

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Winch has written the first full-length biography of James Forten, a hero of African American history and one of the most remarkable men in 19th-century America.Born into a free black family in 1766, Forten served in the Revolutionary War as a teenager. By 1810 he had earned the distinction of being the leading sailmaker in Philadelphi...

Julie Winch is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is the author of three books on African American history.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.18 × 9.25 × 1.38 inPublished:November 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195163400

ISBN - 13:9780195163407

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"The definitive biography of James Forten, his family, and his community. Julie Winch's impressive mastery of the historical sources allows her to paint an intimate and textured portrait, richly illuminating the political, social, and economic life of America's first generations. Thisimpressive story of a distinguished African American will inform the scholarly debate on race and society in early America for years to come."--James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, co-authors of In Hope of Liberty and Hard Road to Freedom