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Venture Smith and the business of slavery and freedom

Venture Smith and the business of slavery and freedom

Author: James Brewer Stewart
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
The family, determined to honor the bicentennial of their founding ancestor's death by discovering everything possible about his life, opened burial plots in the hope of recovering DNA for genealogical tracing. What began as a scientific inquiry into African origins rapidly evolved into an interdisciplinary collaboration between historians, literary analysts, geographers, genealogists, anthropologists, political  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Venture Smith; Venture Smith; Venture Smith; Venture Smith; Venture Smith; Venture Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Brewer Stewart
ISBN: 9781558497405 1558497404
OCLC Number: 368048004
Description: xvii, 279 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: "How I came by my name" / Marilyn Nelson --
A narrative of the life and adventures of Venture, --
/ Venture Smith --
pt. I. History. The African background of Venture Smith / Paul E. Lovejoy --
Trust and violence in Atlantic history : the economic worlds of Venture Smith / Robert P. Forbes, David Richardson, and Chandler B. Saint --
Venture Smith and the law of slavery / John Wood Sweet --
"Owned by negro Venture" : land and liberty in the life of Venture Smith / Cameron Blevins --
pt. II. Memory. Venture Smith, one of a kind / Vincent Carretta --
Keeping his word : money, love, and privacy in the narrative of Venture Smith / Anna Mae Duane --
pt. III. Legacy. The genomics perspective on Venture Smith : genetics, ancestry, and the meaning of family / Linda Strausbaugh [and others] --
Venture Smith and philosophical theories of human rights / Anne L. Hiskes --
Venture Smith's gravestone : its maker and his message / Kevin Tulimieri --
"The freedom business" / Marilyn Nelson --
Documenting Venture Smith project time line.
Responsibility: edited by James Brewer Stewart ; foreword by James O. Horton.


Constructs the journey of an eighteenth-century African from enslavement through emancipation.  Read more...


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"A stunning collection. Venture Smith is a very important historical figure; his memoir is the only first-person source that narrates the entire arc of an African American's life from childhood in Read more...

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