The History Of Mary Prince by Mary PrinceThe History Of Mary Prince by Mary Prince

The History Of Mary Prince

byMary PrinceEditorSara Salih

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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The History of Mary Prince (1831) was the first narrative of a black woman to be published in Britain. It describes Prince's sufferings as a slave in Bermuda, Turks Island and Antigua, and her eventual arrival in London with her brutal owner Mr Wood in 1828. Prince escaped from him and sought assistance from the Anti-Slavery Society, where she dictated her remarkable story to Susanna Strickland (later Moodie). A moving and graphic document, The History drew attention to the continuation of slavery in the Caribbean, despite an 1807 Act of Parliament officially ending the slave trade. It inspired two libel actions and ran into three editions in the year of its publication. This powerful rallying cry for emancipation remains an extraordinary testament to Prince's ill-treatment, suffering and survival.

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Mary Prince (1788-1826) was born a slave in Bermuda. In 1815 she was sold to John Wood and taken to Antigua. Here she met Daniel James, a freeman, whom she married in 1826. In 1828, Prince was taken to England and claiming that the Woods had mistreated her she was allowed, under English law, to exercise her right to freedom and foun...
Title:The History Of Mary PrinceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.8 × 5.12 × 0.4 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140437495

ISBN - 13:9780140437492


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad It was a short read that I had to do for a university english class. I was expecting something boring, but I was actually taken by Mary's narrative story. It was a rich read, full of facts of how life was for West Indian slaves in that time. The fact that it was a narrative story and not one packed with dialogue helped bring out so many more emotions. We're in her head as she tells us her sad tale of her life. Overall, not a bad read .
Date published: 2017-10-05

Table of Contents

The History of Mary Prince Acknowledgments
Further Reading
A Note on the Text


Appendix One
Appendix Two
Appendix Three
Appendix Four