By Julie Winch

Winch has written the 1st full-length biography of James Forten, a hero of African American background and the most striking males in 19th-century America.

Born right into a unfastened black kin in 1766, Forten served within the innovative warfare as undefined. by way of 1810 he had earned the excellence of being the prime sailmaker in Philadelphia. quickly after Forten emerged as a pace-setter in Philadelphia's black group and used to be lively in a variety of reform actions. in particular favorite in nationwide and foreign antislavery pursuits, he served as vice-president of the yankee Anti-Slavery Society and have become shut associates with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent funds to begin up the Liberator. His kinfolk have been all energetic abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, released a well-known diary of her studies instructing ex-slaves in South Carolina's Sea Islands throughout the Civil War.

This is the 1st severe biography of Forten, who stands beside Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., within the pantheon of African americans who essentially formed American history.

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