Making Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith by Chandler B. SaintMaking Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith by Chandler B. Saint

Making Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith

byChandler B. Saint, George A. KrimskyOtherJames O. Horton

Hardcover | February 26, 2009

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Making Freedom 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, Saint and Krimsky vividly 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.
CHANDLER B. SAINT is president of the Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights in Torrington, Connecticut.GEORGE A. KRIMSKY is a journalist and author, also residing in Connecticut.JAMES O. HORTON teaches history and American studies at George Washington University. The author of many books, he serves as a consultant to The H...
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Title:Making Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture SmithFormat:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 9.54 × 6.02 × 0.78 inPublished:February 26, 2009Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0819568546

ISBN - 13:9780819568540

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Table of Contents

Foreword by James O. Horton
Introduction
The Early Years
The Crucible Years
The Transitional Years
The Final Years
Conclusion
Epilogue
Facsimile of Venture Smith's 1798 Narrative
Appendix
Time Line
Illustrations
Endnotes
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index

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Making Freedom 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, Saint and Krimsky vividly 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.“The story of Venture Smith's life is not only extraordinary but is one of the most improbable biographies of American history. This fascinating and highly readable book will allow many readers to view the complexity of American slavery and race relations.”David Brion Davis, author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World - David Brion Davis, author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World