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    Chains and Freedom: Or, the Life and Adventures of Peter Wheeler, a Colored Man Yet Living. A Slave in Chains, a Sailor on the Deep, and a Sinner at the Cross (Paperback) By (author) Peter Wheeler, Introduction by Graham Russell Gao Hodges

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    DescriptionThe slavery narratives of freedmen were a staple in the armamentarium of American abolitionists, since the narratives' authors could testify directly on the evils and hardships of their servitude, putting lie to the claims from slavery advocates that the practice was humane and beneficial to its subjects. Such works provided evidence for horrible mistreatment. They also added appeals to the principles of religion, making a powerful argument against the toleration of a system of human bondage. What makes Wheeler's 1839 work a very interesting variant from the standard treatment is that he was northern-born - in New Jersey - and illegally sold and taken into New York State, then grew to adulthood held in slavery in the newly settled region of western New York. His memoir is direct evidence that slavery was not merely a southern aberration, but could and did happen very close to the homes of the northern audiences for such accounts. Wheeler's narrative of his work in the farms, canals, households, and seagoing vessels he served on are also unique in their coverage. At the same time that abolitionists used slave narratives to substantiate and illustrate their position, deniers and apologists of the time searched diligently for errors or outright fraud in such witnessing, hoping thereby to dismiss all such accounts as fabrications if only one could be found faulty (just as Holocaust deniers do now with testimony from the Holocaust). Professor Hodges shows in his introduction how dissension among abolitionists led to suspicion of Wheeler's editor/amanuensis, the white Presbyterian minister Charles Edwards Lester, and the near-total eclipse of Wheeler's account until today; this is its first publication in more than 150 years.


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    Title
    Chains and Freedom
    Subtitle
    Or, the Life and Adventures of Peter Wheeler, a Colored Man Yet Living. A Slave in Chains, a Sailor on the Deep, and a Sinner at the Cross
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Wheeler, Introduction by Graham Russell Gao Hodges
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780817355432
    ISBN 10: 081735543X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 42
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E6
    DC21: 306.362092
    BISAC V2.8: SOC054000, BIO000000
    DC22: 306.3/62092
    BISAC V2.8: SOC001000
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    LC classification: E444 .W56 2009
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JBSL, DNBA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New
    Publisher
    The University of Alabama Press
    Imprint name
    The University of Alabama Press
    Publication date
    15 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Alabama
    Review quote
    "A unique book, a combination of an overlooked but important antebellum autobiography with a lengthy and insightful introduction.... Every college library should have it." - Douglas R. Egerton, author of He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey"