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The man who stole himself : the slave odyssey of Hans Jonathan

Author: Gísli Pálsson; Anna Yates
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised and updated editionView all editions and formats
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After being born into slavery in St. Croix in 1784, Hans was taken as a slave to Denmark. Having enlisted in the navy and fighting on behalf of Denmark, he declared himself a free man. When he lost one of the most notorious slavery cases in European history, Hans ran away--never to be heard from in Denmark again. After over two hundred years, it was discovered that he fled to Iceland, where he became a merchant and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Hans Jónatan; Hans Jónatan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gísli Pálsson; Anna Yates
ISBN: 9780226313283 022631328X
OCLC Number: 936350601
Language Note: Translated from the Icelandic.
Description: xiii, 288 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: a man of many worlds --
The island of St. Croix --
"A house negro" --
"The mulatto Hans Jonathan" --
"Said to be the secretary" --
Among the sugar barons --
Copenhagen --
A child near the royal palace --
"He wanted to go to war" --
The general's widow v. the mulatto --
The verdict --
Iceland --
A free man --
Mountain guide --
Factor, farmer, father --
Farewell --
Descendants --
The Jonathan family --
The Eirikssons of New England --
Who stole whom? --
The lessons of history --
Epilogue: biographies.
Other Titles: Hans Jónatan.
Responsibility: Gisli Palsson ; translated from the Icelandic by Anna Yates.

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After being born into slavery in St. Croix in 1784, Hans was taken as a slave to Denmark. Having enlisted in the navy and fighting on behalf of Denmark, he declared himself a free man. When he lost one of the most notorious slavery cases in European history, Hans ran away--never to be heard from in Denmark again. After over two hundred years, it was discovered that he fled to Iceland, where he became a merchant and farmer, married, and raised two children. Today, he has become something of an Icelandic icon, claimed for his daring life and courage.--From front book flap.

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"An intriguing work of microhistory. . . . Through this engaging tale of one man's attempts to find a home as a man of color in nineteenth-century Scandinavia, Palsson uses Jonathan's previously Read more...

 
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