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The first emancipator : the forgotten story of Robert Carter, the founding father who freed his slaves

Author: Andrew Levy
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Robert Carter III was born into the highest circles of Virginia's Colonial aristocracy, neighbor and kin to the Washingtons and Lees and a friend and peer to Thomas Jefferson and George Mason. But in 1791, Carter severed his ties with this elite at the stroke of a pen. Having gradually grown to feel that what he possessed was not truly his, clashing repeatedly with his neighbors, his friends, government officials,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Levy, Andrew, 1962-
First emancipator.
New York : Random House, c2005
(OCoLC)607594464
Named Person: Robert Carter
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Levy
ISBN: 0375508651 9780375508653 9780375761041 0375761047
OCLC Number: 56413293
Description: xviii, 310 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Celebrated --
I: Revelation --
King of America (1728-1768) --
Dance or die (1768-1774) --
Heavenly confusion (1774-1778) --
II: Revolution --
Inglorious connexions (1778-1789) --
Deed of gift (1789-1804) --
Plans and advice.
Responsibility: Andrew Levy.
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Robert Carter III was born into the highest circles of Virginia's Colonial aristocracy, neighbor and kin to the Washingtons and Lees and a friend and peer to Thomas Jefferson and George Mason. But in 1791, Carter severed his ties with this elite at the stroke of a pen. Having gradually grown to feel that what he possessed was not truly his, clashing repeatedly with his neighbors, his friends, government officials, and, most poignantly, his own family, he set free nearly five hundred slaves in the largest single act of liberation in the history of American slavery before the Emancipation Proclamation. How did Carter succeed in what George Washington and Thomas Jefferson claimed they fervently desired but were powerless to effect? And why has his name all but vanished from the annals of American history? In this vivid book, Andrew Levy traces the confluence of circumstance, conviction, war, and passion that led to Carter's extraordinary act.

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by Digidiger (WorldCat user published 2012-03-24) Good Permalink

This was interesting to me because Robert Carter is an ancestor of mine. But, above that I was very surprized to learn that he emancipated his slaves starting about 60 years before the civil war. Why didn't I hear about him when I was in school? This book has the answer.

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