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Pierre Toussaint

Author: Arthur Jones
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Pierre Toussaint was born in Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti) in 1781. The child of a slave on a plantation owned by the Berards, a prosperous French family, he was raised as a devout Catholic. When a slave uprising forced the Berards to flee the island in 1797, Toussaint came to New York City as the family's servant. As a black man and as a Catholic, Toussaint found that his new home held dangers of its own:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jones, Arthur, 1936-
Pierre Toussaint.
New York : Doubleday, 2003
(OCoLC)607018974
Named Person: Pierre Toussaint; Pierre Toussaint; Pierre Toussaint
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Jones
ISBN: 0385499949 9780385499941
OCLC Number: 51098215
Description: ix, 342 pages : portrait ; 25 cm
Contents: Out of slavery --
Saint Domingue, French Antilles, 1781 --
Catholic slaveholders, Catholic slaves --
The Bérards --
Guillotines and boiling sugar, 1788 -Part 1 --
Religion-and revolution, 1788 -Part 2 --
The bloody boyhood --
New York, New York --
The Bérard household, 1797-1814 --
Glimpsed, but not recognized --
"Freedom," 1802-1811 --
Juliette and Pierre --
Aurore-and 1822 --
An interlude --
"Dear Uncle" --
Hostile city, racist church --
The circle of friends, the 1830'S --
Pillar of strength, 1835-1839 --
"Saint Pierre," the 1840'S --
Rest in peace.
Responsibility: Arthur Jones.
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"Pierre Toussaint was born in Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti) in 1781. The child of a slave on a plantation owned by the Berards, a prosperous French family, he was raised as a devout Catholic. When a slave uprising forced the Berards to flee the island in 1797, Toussaint came to New York City as the family's servant. As a black man and as a Catholic, Toussaint found that his new home held dangers of its own: Slaves were brutalized by their owners, free blacks were beaten in the streets, and anti-Catholic sentiment was rampant. But New York also offered him new opportunities. When Toussaint's talents as a hairstylist - along with his charming, refined manners - made him a favorite of the women in New York's upper-class families, he began earning a substantial income. He was given his freedom in 1807, married in 1811, and devoted his life to helping former slaves, supporting the Church, and taking care of the poor and oppressed, all while helping to raise funds for the city's first cathedral."--BOOK JACKET.

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