The Narrative of Lunsford Lane: Formerly of Raleigh, N. C., Embracing an Account of His Early Life, the Redemption by Purchase of Himself and Family from Slavery, and His Banishment from the Place of His Birth for the Crime of Wearing a Colored Skin

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publisher, Hewes and Watson's print., 1848 - Slavery - 54 pages
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Very interesting book. I found the depiction of Raleigh, NC one that I can see the current comings and goings of Raleigh within the story. The length Lunsford had to go to to get himself and his family out of North Carolina is simply extraordinary. This book is well worth the read for economic and race implications.

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Page 18 - WHEN all thy mercies, O my God, My rising soul surveys, Transported with the view I'm lost In wonder, love, and praise...
Page 21 - I should return to the service of my earthly master, " for he who knoweth his Master's will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes, and thus have I chastened you.
Page 25 - It shall not be lawful for any free negro or mulatto to migrate into this State ; and if he or she shall do so, contrary to the provisions of this act, and being thereof informed, shall not, within twenty days thereafter, remove out of the State, he or she being thereof convicted in the manner hereafter directed, shall be liable to a penalty of five hundred dollars...
Page 25 - ... convicted in the manner hereafter directed, shall be liable to a penalty of five hundred dollars; and upon failure to pay the same, within the time prescribed in the judgment awarded against such person or persons, he or she shall be liable to be held in servitude and at labor a term of time not exceeding ten years, in such manner and upon such terms as may be provided by the court awarding such sentence, and the proceeds arising therefrom shall be paid over to the county trustee for county purposes:...
Page 7 - I discovered the difference between myself and my master's white children. They began to order me about and were told to do so by my master and mistress.
Page 11 - Yes, if you will behave yourself." I told him I would. "And make her behave herself?" To this I also assented; and then proceeded to ask the approbation of my master, which was granted. So in May, 1828, 1 was bound as fast in wedlock as a slave can be. God may at any time sunder that band in a freeman; either master may do the same at pleasure in a slave.
Page 54 - ... that I do solemnly propose on the first day of April next, to give to the author of the most elegant, refined, and ingenious lie or calumny, a handsome gilt copy (bound in sheep) of the Kentucky Reporter, or a snug, plain copy of the United States Telegraph (bound in dog), since its commencement. " Given under my hand and private seal (having no seal of office) at Nashville, in the State of Tennessee, 13th July, 1831. " SAM. HOUSTON. [L. s.]" In the spring of 1832 he was in Washington again,...
Page 40 - I then with that letter in my hands went out from house to house, from place of business to place of business, and from church to church, relating, where I could gain an ear, the same heartrending and soul-trying story which I am now repeating to you. In pursuing that course, the people, first one and then another contributed, until I had succeeded in raising the amount alluded to, namely, thirteen hundred and eighty dollars. I may have had contributions from abolitionists, but I did not stop to...
Page 45 - tell us the truth about those abolition lectures you have been giving at the North." I replied that I had related the circumstances before the court in the morning; and could only repeat what I had then said. "But that was not the truth — tell us the truth." I again said that any different story would be false, and as I supposed I was in a few minutes to die, I would not, whatever they might think I would say under other circumstances, pass into the other world with a lie upon my lips. Said one,...
Page 31 - Ever after I entertained the first idea of being free, I had endeavored so to conduct myself as not to become obnoxious to the white inhabitants, knowing as I did their power, and their hostility to the colored people.

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