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From long before the United States claimed its independence through revolution or established its governmental structure based on its grand Constitution, the contradiction of a freedom-loving people tolerating and profiting from depriving their fellow human beings of freedom was central to any understanding of the nation’s formation.
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William Wells Brown (ca. 1814–1884) was an African American writer, reformer, and abolitionist. Born a slave in Kentucky, Brown escaped slavery in 1834 after a failed attempt a year earlier. Brown became active in the Underground Railroad and also worked as an anti-slavery lecturer, becoming a prominent figure in the abolitionist movement. In 1847, Brown published his Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself. The Narrative met with great success, and Brown spent time traveling through Europe,...