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Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America

Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America

Moses Grandy
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    Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America
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    Born into slavery in North Carolina around 1786, Moses Grandy was bequeathed to his young playmate, his original owner's son, when they were both eight years old. Hired out until he was twenty-one, Grandy describes each of his temporary masters--some cruel and some kind. His first wife is sold shortly after they marry, and he never sees her again. After saving his money whenever possible and buying his freedom for $600, Grandy is betrayed by his childhood friend, who sells him. Grandy marries again and purchases his freedom a second time, only to be once again betrayed. With the assistance of white friends, Grandy buys his freedom a third time and moves north. He is also able to purchase the freedom of his second wife, but their children remain in slavery. Grandy wrote thisNarrativeto raise funds for the freedom of his children.A DOCSOUTH BOOK. This collaboration between UNC Press and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library brings selected classic works from the digital library of Documenting the American South back into print. DocSouth Books uses the latest digital technologies to make these works available as downloadable e-books or print-on-demand publications. DocSouth Books are unaltered from the original publication, providing affordable and easily accessible editions to a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers.

    eISBN: 978-1-4696-0284-4
    Subjects: Sociology, History
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  1. Front Matter (pp. 1-2)
  2. About This Edition (pp. 3-3)
  3. [Illustrations] (pp. 4-4)
  4. Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America (pp. 5-35)

    ABOUT a fortnight ago, the subject of the following brief Memoir came to me, bearing with him a letter from a dear friend and distinguished abolitionist in the United States, from which the following, is an extract:—"I seize my pen in haste to gratify a most worthy coloured friend of mine, by giving him a letter of introduction to you, as he intends sailing this week (August 8th, 1842,) for Liverpool and London, via New Orleans. His name is Moses Grandy. He knows what it is to have been a slave, and what are the tender mercies of the...