By Julie Winch

Winch has written the 1st full-length biography of James Forten, a hero of African American historical past and some of the most impressive males in 19th-century America.

Born right into a unfastened black relatives in 1766, Forten served within the innovative struggle as undefined. by means of 1810 he had earned the excellence of being the top sailmaker in Philadelphia. quickly after Forten emerged as a pacesetter in Philadelphia's black group and used to be energetic in a variety of reform actions. specifically favourite in nationwide and overseas antislavery pursuits, he served as vice-president of the yank Anti-Slavery Society and have become shut acquaintances with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent cash to begin up the Liberator. His relations have been all energetic abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, released a recognized diary of her stories instructing ex-slaves in South Carolina's Sea Islands through the Civil War.

This is the 1st severe biography of Forten, who stands beside Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., within the pantheon of African americans who essentially formed American history.

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