The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave

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University of Michigan Press, 1997 - Social Science - 124 pages
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"Interesting and highly valuable first-person narrative of a woman slave who details her experiences in Bermuda and Antigua and also in Britain where she was employed by abolitionist Thomas Pringle. Sheds light on women's roles and experiences, and on sla

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SLAVE RELATED BY HERSELF
43
Supplement by the Original Editor Thomas Pringle
85
Mary Princes petition presented
116
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About the author (1997)

Mary Prince (c. 1788-after 1833) was born into slavery in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. While she was later living in London, her autobiography, The History of Mary Prince (1831), was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom. Belonging to the genre of slave narratives, this first-hand description of the brutalities of enslavement, released at a time when slavery was still legal in British Caribbean colonies, had a galvanizing effect on the anti-slavery movement. It went through three printings in the first year. Prince had her account transcribed while living and working in England at the home of Thomas Pringle, secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society. She had gone to London with her master and his family in 1828 from Antigua.

Moira Ferguson is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of "Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery" and "East Caribbean: Gender and Colonial Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid,

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