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The hanging of Thomas Jeremiah : a free Black man's encounter with liberty

Author: J William Harris
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1775, Thomas Jeremiah was one of fewer than five hundred "Free Negros" in South Carolina and, with an estimated worth of £1,000 (about $200,000 in today's dollars), possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America. A slaveowner himself, Jeremiah was falsely accused by whites--who resented his success as a Charleston harbor pilot--of sowing insurrection among slaves at the behest of the  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas Jeremiah; Henry Laurens; William Campbell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J William Harris
ISBN: 9780300152142 0300152140 9780300171327 0300171323
OCLC Number: 317471810
Description: 223 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Trials --
Liberty and slavery. "Slavery may truly be said to be the peculiar curse of this land" ; "Those natural and inherent rights that we all feel, and know, as men" ; "God will deliver his own people from slavery" --
Liberty's trials. "A plan, for instigating the slaves to insurrection" ; "The young King was about to alter the world, & set the Negroes free" ; "Dark, hellish plots" ; "Justice is satisfied" --
Thomas Jeremiah and the historians.
Responsibility: J. William Harris.

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In 1775, Thomas Jeremiah was one of fewer than 500 'Free Negros' in South Carolina. He was falsely accused by whites of sowing insurrection among slaves at the behest of the British. Lord William  Read more...

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