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American to the backbone : the life of James W.C. Pennington, the fugitive slave who became one of the first black abolitionists

Author: Christopher Webber
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The incredible story of a forgotten hero of nineteenth century New York City who was a former slave, Yale scholar, minister, and international leader of the Antebellum abolitionist movement. At the age of 19, scared and illiterate, James Pennington escaped from slavery in 1827 and soon became one of the leading voices against slavery prior to the Civil War. Just ten years after his escape, Pennington was ordained to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Named Person: James W C Pennington; James W C Pennington
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Webber
ISBN: 9781453218303 1453218300 9781480405301 1480405302 9781681770116 1681770113
OCLC Number: 768430491
Description: 1 online resource (606 pages) : illustrations, map, portraits
Contents: Finding freedom --
Slavery as it was --
Pennsylvania --
Brooklyn, part I --
Brooklyn, Part II --
School teacher in Newton --
Yale --
Return to Newton --
Hartford, part I --
Hartford, part II --
The Mendi mission --
England --
New beginning in Hartford --
Hartford, part III --
New York, 1848-1849 --
Great Britain, 1849-1851 --
New York, 1851-1852 --
New York, 1853-1854 --
New York, 1854-1855 --
New York, 1855 --
Hartford and New York, 1856-1864 --
Mississippi, Maine, and Florida, 1864-1870.
Responsibility: Christopher L. Webber.

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The incredible story of a forgotten hero of nineteenth century New York City who was a former slave, Yale scholar, minister, and international leader of the Antebellum abolitionist movement. At the age of 19, scared and illiterate, James Pennington escaped from slavery in 1827 and soon became one of the leading voices against slavery prior to the Civil War. Just ten years after his escape, Pennington was ordained to the ministry of the Congregational Church after studying at Yale. Moving to Hartford, he became involved with the Amistad captives and founded the first African American mission society. He traveled to England as a delegate to a world Anti-Slavery Convention and served also as a delegate to an international peace convention. Later he traveled widely in Britain and on the continent to gain support for the American abolition movement. He was so respected by European audiences that the University of Heidelberg awarded him an honorary doctorate, making him the first person of African descent to receive such a degree. As he fought for equal rights in America, Pennington's voice was not limited to the preacher's pulpit. He wrote the first-ever "History of the Colored People" as well as a careful study of the moral basis for civil disobedience, which would be echoed decades later by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

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