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The fugitive blacksmith; or, Events in the history of James W.C. Pennington.

Author: James W C Pennington
Publisher: Westport, Conn., Negro Universities Press [1971]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 3d edView all editions and formats
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James W. C. Pennington (1807-1870) was born a slave on a Maryland plantation. He escaped to the North at the age of twenty-one, leaving his parents and eleven siblings. He lived first in Pennsylvania before moving to New York and finally Connecticut. As a free man, he educated himself in Christian theology and became a Presbyterian minister dedicated to the abolition of slavery. In 1834, he became the first African  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Pennington, James W.C.
Fugitive blacksmith.
Westport, Conn., Negro Universities Press [1971]
(OCoLC)654423615
Named Person: James W C Pennington; James W C Pennington
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W C Pennington
ISBN: 0837148480 9780837148489
OCLC Number: 198296
Notes: Reprint of the 1850 ed.
Description: xix, 84 pages 23 cm

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James W. C. Pennington (1807-1870) was born a slave on a Maryland plantation. He escaped to the North at the age of twenty-one, leaving his parents and eleven siblings. He lived first in Pennsylvania before moving to New York and finally Connecticut. As a free man, he educated himself in Christian theology and became a Presbyterian minister dedicated to the abolition of slavery. In 1834, he became the first African American to attend classes at Yale University, and in 1841, he wrote The Origin and History of the Colored People, a history of slavery. This book is his autobiographical narrative and he uses his life experience to denounce the practice of slavery. He condemns what he calls the "chattels principle," where people are listed as goods along with the livestock and other assets of a household. He argues that even the kindest masters cannot be true Christians; their willingness to buy and sell other human beings is contrary to the very foundations of Christianity. The effects of slavery not only on the slave but also on the masters and society, characterizes much of the rest of his narrative.

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