The Life Of John Thompson, A Fugitive Slave: Containing His History Of 25 Years In Bondage, And His Providential Escape by John Thompson

The Life Of John Thompson, A Fugitive Slave: Containing His History Of 25 Years In Bondage, And His…

byJohn ThompsonIntroduction byWilliam L. AndrewsEditorWilliam L. Andrews

Paperback | June 28, 2011

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The unique narrative of a slave who fled to freedom and sailed aboard a whaling vessel

John Thompson was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1812. Originally published in 1856, The Life of John Thompson, a Fugitive Slave chronicles his enslavement, his escape, and his life in the North, where he lived as a free man until fear of recapture drove him to flee once again-this time to sea aboard the Milwood, a whaling vessel. The only fugitive slave narrator to report a whaling voyage, Thompson crafted from his seafaring experience an allegorical sermon that caps his Life and renders it a kind of African American Pilgrim's Progress, as well as a narrative of struggle with, escape from, and triumph over American slavery.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Africana Studies at Cornell University, and also tenured at Yale, Duke, and Harvard, where he was appointed W.E.B. DuBois professor of humanities in 1991. Professor Gates is the author of Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self, Wonders of the Afri...

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Title:The Life Of John Thompson, A Fugitive Slave: Containing His History Of 25 Years In Bondage, And His…Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.71 × 5.06 × 0.38 inPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143106422

ISBN - 13:9780143106425

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