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Searching for Jim : slavery in Sam Clemens's world

Author: Terrell Dempsey
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2003.
Series: Mark Twain and his circle series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Searching for Jim" is the untold story of Sam Clemens and the world of slavery that produced him. Despite Clemens's remarks to the contrary in his autobiography, slavery was very much a part of his life. Dempsey has uncovered a wealth of newspaper accounts and archival material revealing that Clemens's life, from the ages of twelve to seventeen, was intertwined with the lives of the slaves around him.During Sam's  Read more...
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Dempsey, Terrell, 1954-
Searching for Jim.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2003
(DLC) 2003012787
(OCoLC)52471884
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Terrell Dempsey
ISBN: 0826264395 9780826264398 9780826215932 0826215939
OCLC Number: 61428354
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 316 p.) : ill.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: A performance : Spring 1891, Hartford, Connecticut --
1839 --
Slavery and the Clemens family --
The abolition movement across the river --
The contest begins --
The trial of Thompson, Work, and Burr --
Judge John Marshall Clemens --
Slavery and the churches of Hannibal --
The theology of slavery --
The face of domestic slavery in Hannibal --
The siege begins --
The emancipation and colonization movement --
1849 and 1850 : terror in Marion County --
Sam Clemens and the press in slave culture --
Runaway slaves and slave resistance --
Battling abolitionists in the press : the enemy without --
Dehumanizing the slave in the press --
The slave trade in Hannibal --
Leaving Hannibal and taking a swipe at the abolitionists --
The great change : the railroad --
Steamboating days --
Sam Clemens comes back to fight.
Series Title: Mark Twain and his circle series.
Responsibility: Terrell Dempsey.
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Despite Sam Clemens' remarks to the contrary in his autobiography, slavery was very much a part of his life, and this volume uncovers the untold story of the world of slavery that produced him. It  Read more...

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This remarkable book should be required reading for anyone interested in Twain, and for anyone teaching Twain. "Mark Twain Forum""

 
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