A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten by Julie Winch

By Julie Winch

Winch has written the 1st full-length biography of James Forten, a hero of African American historical past and essentially the most impressive males in 19th-century America.

Born right into a loose black relations in 1766, Forten served within the progressive warfare as undefined. by means of 1810 he had earned the excellence of being the major sailmaker in Philadelphia. quickly after Forten emerged as a pace-setter in Philadelphia's black group and used to be lively in a variety of reform actions. specially famous in nationwide and overseas antislavery hobbies, he served as vice-president of the yankee Anti-Slavery Society and have become shut neighbors with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent cash to begin up the Liberator. His kinfolk have been all energetic abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, released a well-known diary of her stories educating ex-slaves in South Carolina's Sea Islands in the course of the Civil War.

This is the 1st severe biography of Forten, who stands beside Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., within the pantheon of African americans who essentially formed American history.

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