The Blind African Slave: Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 16.02.2005 - 184 Seiten
The Blind African Slave recounts the life of Jeffrey Brace (né Boyrereau Brinch), who was born in West Africa around 1742. Captured by slave traders at the age of sixteen, Brace was transported to Barbados, where he experienced the shock and trauma of slave-breaking and was sold to a New England ship captain. After fighting as an enslaved sailor for two years in the Seven Years War, Brace was taken to New Haven, Connecticut, and sold into slavery. After several years in New England, Brace enlisted in the Continental Army in hopes of winning his manumission. After five years of military service, he was honorably discharged and was freed from slavery. As a free man, he chose in 1784 to move to Vermont, the first state to make slavery illegal. There, he met and married an African woman, bought a farm, and raised a family. Although literate, he was blind when he decided to publish his life story, which he narrated to a white antislavery lawyer, Benjamin Prentiss, who published it in 1810. Upon his death in 1827, Brace was a well-respected abolitionist. In this first new edition since 1810, Kari J. Winter provides a historical introduction, annotations, and original documents that verify and supplement our knowledge of Brace's life and times.
 

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Introduction
3
A Note on the Text
85
The Blind African Slave Or Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace
87
Deeds of Manumission Drawn by William Welch
185
Legal Documents Related to Jeffrey Braces Military Pension Application 18181821
193
Documents related to Jeffrey Braces Land Transactions and Estate
217
A Brace Chronology
223
Bibliography
227
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Kari J. Winter is associate professor of American Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the author of Subjects of Slavery, Agents of Change: Women and Power in Gothic Novels and Slave Narratives, 1790-1865.

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