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Thompson, John (b. 1812) The life of John Thompson, a fugitive slave; containing his history of 25 years in bondage, and his providential escape. [incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05841 Author/Creator: Thompson, John (b. 1812) Place Written: Worcester, Massachusetts Type: Book Date: 1856 Pagination: 1 v. : 143 p. ; 18.6 x 12.3 cm.

Summary of Content: First edition. Incomplete copy lacking pages 99-106 in chapter 15. In the introduction, Thompson writes: "I am aware that now, when public opinion makes it no martyrdom to denounce slavery, there are multitudes of men that grow bold, and wield a powerful weapon against this great evil; and even school boys daringly denounce a system, the enormity of which they cannot appreciate, surely I thought it may be permitted to one who has worn the galling yoke of bondage, to say something of its pains, and something of that freedom which, if he should succeed in accurately defining, he can truly say he will ever admire and love."

People: Thompson, John, b. 1812

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Enslaved peopleSlaveryAfrican American HistoryRunaway SlaveFugitive Slave ActFreemenReform Movement

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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