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A gentleman of color : the life of James Forten

Author: Julie Winch
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Forten was born in 1766 into a free black family. As a teenager he served in the Revolution and was captured by the British. Rejecting an attractive offer to change sides, he insisted he was a loyal American. By 1810 he was the leading sailmaker in Philadelphia, where he became well known as an innovative craftsman, a successful manager of black and white employees, and a shrewd businessman. He emerged as a leader  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: James Forten; James Forten; James Forten; James Forten
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Winch
ISBN: 0195086910 9780195086911 9780195163407 0195163400
OCLC Number: 47216859
Description: x, 501 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: "Born in His Majesty's Dominions" --
In the Service of His Country --
Mr. Bridges's Apprentice --
"A Gentleman of the Pave" --
"Our Happy Family Circle" --
Brother Forten --
Reflections of "A Man of Colour" --
The African Enterprise --
The Limits of Brotherhood --
New Friends of Freedom --
"Abolition Property" --
Time of Trial --
Death of a Patriarch --
Legacy.
Responsibility: Julie Winch.
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James Forten began his career as a solider before becoming the leading sailmaker in Philadelphia, and a leader in the black community's reform activities. He was prominent in national and  Read more...

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A comprehensive biography of James Forten is long overdue ... His is a life well worth remembering. The Journal of American History [Winch] retrieves Forten from obscurity. In doing so, Winch has Read more...

 
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