Twenty-two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman

By: Austin Steward

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Revealing, poignantly written autobiography describes what life in America was like for a former slave: the help he received from abolitionist groups; his years as a successful merchant in Rochester, New York; and his support of a small ex-slave community in Canada.

Title: Twenty-two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman

Author: Austin Steward

Illustrator: Reg. Price: $9.95

Categories: African American, Slavery,

Publisher: Dover Publications:

ISBN Number: 0486434494

ISBN Number 13: 9780486434490

Binding: Paperback

Book Details: 240 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications

Seller ID: 434494

Description: Born a slave in Virginia in 1793, Austin Steward was transported--a few years later--to upper New York State by his master and then freed in 1813. Steward's revealing autobiography describes what America was like for a former slave who lived most of his life as a freeman in the North: help from abolitionist groups, years as a successful merchant in the Rochester area, his aid to fugitive slaves, and his support of a small ex-slave community in Canada. A study of one man's attempt to overcome prejudice and to prepare other African-Americans for entrance into a predominantly white society, this book also served as a plea for reform and is invaluable for its descriptions of achievements among free blacks in pre-Civil War society. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts, 1969. Revised introduction by William H. Pease and Jane H. Pease.