From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol
"Although his mother was a former slave, his wealthy planter father bequeathed him enough money to put him through school. After completing the literary program at Oberlin College, Langston studied theology and then law, passing the Ohio Bar in 1854 ... . His pages shed light on the abolitionist crusade, the participation of the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction."--An introduction by Benjamin Quarles.
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LEAVING THE VIRGINIA PLANTATION
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