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Captain Paul Cuffe's logs and letters, 1808-1817 : a Black Quaker's "voice from within the veil"

Author: Paul Cuffe; Rosalind Cobb Wiggins; Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Paul Cuffe--captain, ship businessman, and devout Quaker--presents a day-to-day picture of his life through his letters and logs from his brig, the Traveller. As one of few black Quakers, his faith and ideals led him to attempt remarkable trading partnerships. Editor Rosalind Wiggins draws from his writings during 1808 to 1817 as she shares with readers the actual words of this self-educated merchant-man and brings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Diaries
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cuffe, Paul, 1759-1817.
Captain Paul Cuffe's logs and letters, 1808-1817.
Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605142485
Named Person: Paul Cuffe; Paul Cuffe; Paul Cuffe; Paul Cuffe; Paul Cuffe; Paul Cuffe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Cuffe; Rosalind Cobb Wiggins; Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.
ISBN: 088258183X 9780882581835
OCLC Number: 33948869
Notes: "Under the auspices of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, with a grant from the Anna H. and Elizabeth Chace Fund."
Maps on endpapers.
Description: xxi, 529 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: [edited by] Rosalind Cobb Wiggins ; with an introduction by Rhett S. Jones.

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"Paul Cuffe--captain, ship businessman, and devout Quaker--presents a day-to-day picture of his life through his letters and logs from his brig, the Traveller. As one of few black Quakers, his faith and ideals led him to attempt remarkable trading partnerships. Editor Rosalind Wiggins draws from his writings during 1808 to 1817 as she shares with readers the actual words of this self-educated merchant-man and brings to life the politics and issues of Cuffe's period. As readers become accustomed to reading the archaic language of the day, they will see the insurmountable obstacles Cuffe faced--including the War of 1812, a trade embargo, and the increased power of slave traders. But the reader also learns much about a remarkable man who, without formal schooling, methodically documented both dreams and daily routine ... This presentation of original source documents makes an important contribution to scholars' view of the activities of free blacks before the Civil War and forms a significant addition to existing biographical information about Paul Cuffe."--Back cover.

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