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Webber, Christopher
American to the backbone : the life of James W.C. Pennington, the fugitive slave who became one of the first black abolitionists / Christopher L. Webber
Alternate Title Life of James W.C. Pennington, the fugitive slave who became one of the first black abolitionists
1st Pegasus Books ed
New York : Pegasus Books, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E185.97.P46 W43 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Pennington, James W. C
Subject(s) African American abolitionists -- Biography
African American civil rights workers -- Biography
African American clergy -- Biography
Physical Description 493 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [471]-479) and index
Summary The incredible story of a forgotten hero of nineteenth century New York City who was a former slave, Yale scholar, minister, and international leader of the Antebellum abolitionist movement. At the age of 19, scared and illiterate, James Pennington escaped from slavery in 1827 and soon became one of the leading voices against slavery prior to the Civil War. Just ten years after his escape, Pennington was ordained to the ministry of the Congregational Church after studying at Yale. Moving to Hartford, he became involved with the Amistad captives and founded the first African American mission society. He traveled to England as a delegate to a world Anti-Slavery Convention and served also as a delegate to an international peace convention. Later he traveled widely in Britain and on the continent to gain support for the American abolition movement. He was so respected by European audiences that the University of Heidelberg awarded him an honorary doctorate, making him the first person of African descent to receive such a degree. As he fought for equal rights in America, Pennington's voice was not limited to the preacher's pulpit. He wrote the first-ever "History of the Colored People" as well as a careful study of the moral basis for civil disobedience, which would be echoed decades later by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr

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