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Smith, James L., (fl. 1816) Autobiography of James L. Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09945 Author/Creator: Smith, James L., (fl. 1816) Place Written: Norwich, New York Type: Book Date: 1881 Pagination: 1 v. 150 p. ;

Summary of Content: One book entitled Autobiography of James L. Smith dated 1881. Smith writes about his life being enslaved as well as his escape, service in the Civil War and life after the war. The book is broken into twelve chapters.

People: Smith, James L., fl. 1816

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Enslaved peopleJim CrowBlack AuthorRacismRace discrimination

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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