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By Julie Winch

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

Born right into a unfastened black kinfolk in 1766, Forten served within the innovative warfare as undefined. via 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 was once lively in a variety of reform actions. specifically well-known in nationwide and foreign antislavery pursuits, he served as vice-president of the yank Anti-Slavery Society and have become shut neighbors with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent cash to begin up the Liberator. His kinfolk have been all lively abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, released a well-known diary of her studies instructing ex-slaves in South Carolina's Sea Islands through the Civil War.

This is the 1st critical 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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