Providence, RI: Angell & Co., Printers, 1883. First Edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 230 pp. Very good. Item #CNGC05
William J. Brown (1814-1855) was a free African American born in Providence in 1814, the son and grandson of slaves owned by abolitionist Moses Brown. William Brown wrote and published his captivating autobiography as a means of employing himself in his later years, when he was left blind and paralyzed. His story paints a memorable portrait of life and society, especially regarding his unusually good education, his childhood, employment opportunities as a free man of color, contemporary race relations, life at a busy port town, temperance, religion, organized societies, and local and national politics. He notes several of his African American contemporaries, including Frederick Douglass and Henry Bibb, and of African American troops in the Civil War. This compelling and thoughtfully rich text is quite unique for not only the time and place, but the social status of its author; it provides an authentic first-hand narrative of post-abolition life for African Americans in nineteenth-century New England, and is an important piece of African-American literature and history.
___DESCRIPTION: Full pebbled brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind on the front board, ruled borders stamped in blind on the rear board, light-brown endpapers, duodecimo size (7.75" by 5"), pagination: [1-3] 4-230, first edition.
___CONDTION: A very good copy, the binding clean and the gilt bright, text block straight and square, internally bright and complete; professional restoration to backstrip and hinges, slightly rubbed at corners, prior owner signature to first pastedown; overall a very good copy of this scarce title.
___CITATION: Work, p. 306.
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