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Download The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Free Black Man's Encounter with Liberty PDF by J. William Harris

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The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Free Black Man's Encounter with Liberty

The tragic untold story of how a nation struggling for its freedom denied it to one of its own.In 1775, Thomas Jeremiah was one of fewer than five hundred Free Negros in South Carolina and, with an estimated worth of 1,000 about 200,000 in today s dollars , possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America A slaveowner himself, Jeremiah was fals The tragic untold story of how a nation struggling for its freedom denied it to one of its own.In 1775, Thomas Jeremiah was one of fewer than five hundred Free Negros in South Carolina and, with an estimated worth of 1,000 about 200,000 in today s dollars , possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America A slaveowner himself, Jeremiah was falsely accused by whites who resented his success as a Charleston harbor pilot of sowing insurrection among slaves at the behest of the British.Chief among the accusers was Henry Laurens, Charleston s leading patriot, a slaveowner and former slave trader, who would later become the president of the Continental Congress On the other side was Lord William Campbell, royal governor of the colony, who passionately believed that the accusation was unjust and tried to save Jeremiah s life but failed Though a free man, Jeremiah was tried in a slave court and sentenced to death In August 1775, he was hanged and his body burned.J William Harris tells Jeremiah s story in full for the first time, illuminating the contradiction between a nation that would be born in a struggle for freedom and yet deny it often violently to others

Title : The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Free Black Man's Encounter with Liberty
Author :  J. William Harris
Language : English
Isbn : 0300152140
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 240 pages

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