Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2010)
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In 1854, confronted with the specter of one more brutal beating, a fifty-year-old slave in Mason County, Kentucky, made up our minds to attempt back to flee. His first test had led to his close to hunger as he concealed for 9 weeks in a swamp, ahead of starvation forced him to come back to his grasp. This time the slave sought assistance from a neighbor with abolitionist sympathies, and he joined the masses of alternative fugitive slaves fleeing around the Ohio River and north to Canada at the Underground Railroad. After his arrival in Toronto he discarded his master's surname (Parker), renamed himself Francis Fedric, and married an Englishwoman. In 1857, he traveled together with his spouse to nice Britain, the place he lectured on behalf of the antislavery reason and released models of his lifestyles tale. Born in Virginia circa 1805, Francis Fedric was once no longer in contrast to hundreds of thousands of different African americans who escaped slavery within the southern states and sought shelter in Britain. lots of his fellow ex-slaves additionally joined the abolitionist lecture circuit and released memoirs to help either the reason and themselves. Addressed to a British viewers, those memoirs represent a particular subgenre of the slave narrative, and an important continuation of the narrative culture validated in England via Olaudah Equiano, Ottobah Cugoano, and Mary Prince. the 1st of Fedric's memoirs, lifestyles and Sufferings of Francis Fedric, whereas in Slavery: An Escaped Slave after fifty one Years in Bondage (1859), deals a short yet vibrant and dramatic twelve-page description of his break out. Slave existence in Virginia and Kentucky; or, Fifty Years of Slavery within the Southern States of the United States (1863) offers a way more specified account of existence as a slave and of plantation tradition within the southern states. jointly the 2 works current a enchanting and specific standpoint on slavery within the South. Amazingly, those narratives, one of the finest of the style, remained out of print for almost one hundred fifty years. gathered the following for the 1st time and meticulously edited via C. L. Innes, Slave existence in Virginia and Kentucky: a story by means of Francis Fedric, Escaped Slave contains a contextual advent, sizeable biographical details on Fedric, and broad annotations that situate and remove darkness from his paintings. lengthy forgotten and not ahead of released within the usa, Fedric's narratives are absolute to take their rightful position along the main recognizable money owed within the canon of slave memoirs.