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The Life of John Thompson, a Fugitive Slave: Containing His History of 25 Years in Bondage, and His Providential Escape

John Thompson


ISBN: 9780143106425
ANNOTATION:
The unique narrative of a slave who fled to freedom and sailed aboard a whaling vessel. John Thompson was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1812. Originally published in 1856, "The Life of John Thompson, a Fugitive Slave" chronicles his enslavement, his escape, and his life in the North, where he lived as a free man until fear of recapture drove him to flee once again-this time to sea aboard the "Milwood," a whaling vessel. The only fugitive slave narrator to report a whaling voyage, Thompson crafted from his seafaring experience an allegorical sermon that caps his Life and renders it a kind of African American "Pilgrim's Progress," as well as a narrative of struggle with, escape from, and triumph over American slavery.
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ISBN: 9780143106425
ANNOTATION:
The unique narrative of a slave who fled to freedom and sailed aboard a whaling vessel. John Thompson was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1812. Originally published in 1856, "The Life of John Thompson, a Fugitive Slave" chronicles his enslavement, his escape, and his life in the North, where he lived as a free man until fear of recapture drove him to flee once again-this time to sea aboard the "Milwood," a whaling vessel. The only fugitive slave narrator to report a whaling voyage, Thompson crafted from his seafaring experience an allegorical sermon that caps his Life and renders it a kind of African American "Pilgrim's Progress," as well as a narrative of struggle with, escape from, and triumph over American slavery.

Annotation

The unique narrative of a slave who fled to freedom and sailed aboard a whaling vessel. John Thompson was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1812. Originally published in 1856, "The Life of John Thompson, a Fugitive Slave" chronicles his enslavement, his escape, and his life in the North, where he lived as a free man until fear of recapture drove him to flee once again-this time to sea aboard the "Milwood," a whaling vessel. The only fugitive slave narrator to report a whaling voyage, Thompson crafted from his seafaring experience an allegorical sermon that caps his Life and renders it a kind of African American "Pilgrim's Progress," as well as a narrative of struggle with, escape from, and triumph over American slavery.

Publisher Description

John Thompson was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1812. Originally published in 1856, "The Life of John Thompson, a Fugitive Slave" chronicles his enslavement, his escape, and his life in the North, where he lived as a free man until fear of recapture drove him to flee once again - this time to sea aboard the Milwood, a whaling vessel. The only fugitive slave narrator to report a whaling voyage, Thompson crafted from his seafaring experience an allegorical sermon that caps his Life and renders it a kind of African American Pilgrim's Progress, as well as a narrative of struggle with, escape from, and triumph over American slavery.

Author Biography

John Thompson is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Product Details

Author
John Thompson
Short Title
LIFE OF JOHN THOMPSON A FUGITI
Publisher
Penguin Books
Language
English
ISBN-10
0143106422
ISBN-13
9780143106425
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Pages
107
Year
2011
Publication Date
2011-11-03
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Subtitle
Containing His History of 25 Years in Bondage, and His Providential Escape