The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave

Front Cover
University of Michigan Press, 1997 - Social Science - 173 pages
Mary Prince was the first black British woman to escape from slavery and publish a record of her experiences. In this unique document, Mary Prince vividly recalls her life as a slave in Bermuda, Turks Island, and Antigua, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her eventual escape to London in 1828.
First published in London and Edinburgh in 1831, and well into its third edition that year, The History of Mary Prince inflamed public opinion and created political havoc. Never before had the sufferings and indignities of enslavement been seen through the eyes of a woman--a woman struggling for freedom in the face of great odds.
Moira Ferguson's edition of the book added an introduction, annotations, and appendices. The book has found popularity both in the classroom and with the general public. Recently, an adaptation of the memoirs of Mary Prince appeared as one segment of "A Skirt Through History," a six-part feature film series produced by the BBC. Mary Prince's story has also been the centerpiece of BBC radio broadcasts.
In this revised and expanded edition of The History of Mary Prince, Ferguson has added new material, based on her extensive research in Bermuda and London. The book includes new details of Mary Prince's experiences as a freewoman in England, the transcripts of several libel cases brought against her, and the reactions of British society, as seen in prominent periodicals of the day, against the original publication of The History of Mary Prince. This new material brings greater depth and detail and serves to more fully illustrate and contextualize the life of this remarkable woman.
Moira Ferguson is James E. Ryan Professor of English and Women's Literature, University of Nebraska.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Have just read the first edition (1993) I recommend this to all interested in slavery/abolition, colonialism and victorian studies. Miora Ferguson's introduction is a fantastic piece of criticism and scholarship with some excellent references- many of which I intend to follow up. Mary Prince story provides a very interesting human view of slavery and a rare female view. Of note to me were the primary sources, especially the mane letters of the protagonists on both sides of debate and struggle.  

Contents

Introduction to the Revised Edition
Preface
53
The History of Mary Prince A West Indian Slave
55
Supplement to the History of Mary Prince
93
Mary Princes Petition
125
Postscript to the Second Edition
127
Appendix to the Third Edition
128
Narrative of Louis AsaAsa
130
Historical Slave Resistance in Bermuda
148
The TreadWheel
149
Bermuda Royal Gazette
150
An Excerpt from the Royal Gazette January 20 1994
156
A Second Excerpt from the Royal Gazette January 21 1994
159
Proclamation in 1993
161
Vernon Jackson Paradise FoundAlmost
163
Bibliography
165

Court Case Involving Mary Prince Pringle v Cadell
134
Court Case Involving Mary Prince Wood v Pringle
138

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information