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From slave to statesman : the life of educator, editor, and civil rights activist Willis M. Carter of Virginia

Author: Robert Heinrich; Deborah Harding
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2016]
Series: Antislavery, abolition, and the Atlantic world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 1980s, Willis McGlascoe Carter's handwritten memoir turned up unexpectedly in the hands of a midwestern antiques dealer. Its twenty-two pages told a fascinating story of a man born into slavery in Virginia who, at the onset of freedom, gained an education, became a teacher, started a family, and edited a newspaper. Even his life as a slave seemed exceptional: he described how his owners treated him and his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Willis M Carter; Willis M Carter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Heinrich; Deborah Harding
ISBN: 9780807162651 0807162655
OCLC Number: 925498104
Description: xvii, 160 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: My lot being that of a slave --
Desired glories --
Opened school --
One of the best known citizens of Virginia.
Series Title: Antislavery, abolition, and the Atlantic world.
Responsibility: Robert Heinrich and Deborah Harding ; foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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In the 1980s, Willis McGlascoe Carter's handwritten memoir turned up unexpectedly in the hands of a midwestern antiques dealer. Its twenty-two pages told a fascinating story of a man born into slavery in Virginia who, at the onset of freedom, gained an education, became a teacher, started a family, and edited a newspaper. Even his life as a slave seemed exceptional: he described how his owners treated him and his family with respect, and he learned to read and write. Tucked into its back pages, the memoir included a handwritten tribute to Carter, written by his fellow teachers upon his death. Robert Heinrich and Deborah Harding's From Slave to Statesman tells the extraordinary story of Willis M. Carter's life. Using Carter's brief memoir--one of the few extant narratives penned by a former slave--as a starting point, Heinrich and Harding fill in the abundant gaps in his life, providing unique insight into many of the most important events and transformations in this period of southern history. -- Amazon.com.

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