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 background and some of the most notable males in 19th-century America.

Born right into a loose black family members in 1766, Forten served within the progressive battle as undefined. by means of 1810 he had earned the excellence of being the top sailmaker in Philadelphia. quickly after Forten emerged as a pacesetter in Philadelphia's black neighborhood and used to be lively in a variety of reform actions. in particular well-known in nationwide and foreign antislavery hobbies, he served as vice-president of the yank Anti-Slavery Society and have become shut acquaintances with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent funds to begin up the Liberator. His kin have been all lively abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, released a recognized diary of her reports instructing ex-slaves in South Carolina's Sea Islands throughout the Civil War.

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

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