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By C. L. Innes

In 1854, confronted with the specter of another brutal beating, a fifty-year-old slave in Mason County, Kentucky, made up our minds to attempt back to flee. His first test had resulted in his close to hunger as he concealed for 9 weeks in a swamp, prior to starvation forced him to come back to his grasp. This time the slave sought the aid of a neighbor with abolitionist sympathies, and he joined the loads of different 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 along 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 used to be no longer not like hundreds of thousands of alternative African americans who escaped slavery within the southern states and sought safe haven 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 verified in England via Olaudah Equiano, Ottobah Cugoano, and Mary Prince. the 1st of Fedric’s memoirs, existence and Sufferings of Francis Fedric, whereas in Slavery: An Escaped Slave after fifty one Years in Bondage (1859), bargains a quick yet shiny and dramatic twelve-page description of his get away. Slave lifestyles in Virginia and Kentucky; or, Fifty Years of Slavery within the Southern States of the United States (1863) presents a way more designated account of lifestyles as a slave and of plantation tradition within the southern states. jointly the 2 works current a spell binding and certain point of view on slavery within the South. Amazingly, the 2 narratives, one of the finest of the style, remained out of print for almost one hundred fifty years. accrued right here for the 1st time and meticulously edited through C. L. Innes, Slave lifestyles in Virginia and Kentucky: a story by means of Francis Fedric, Escaped Slave contains a contextual creation, mammoth biographical info on Fedric, and wide annotations to aid situate and light up his narratives. lengthy forgotten and not sooner than released within the usa, Fedric’s narratives are absolute to take their rightful position along the main recognizable debts within the canon of slave memoirs.

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In 1854, confronted with the specter of one more brutal beating, a fifty-year-old slave in Mason County, Kentucky, determined to attempt back to flee. His first test had resulted in his close to hunger as he concealed for 9 weeks in a swamp, earlier than starvation forced him to come to his grasp. This time the slave sought the aid of a neighbor with abolitionist sympathies, and he joined the loads of alternative fugitive slaves fleeing around the Ohio River and north to Canada at the Underground Railroad.

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