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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 probably the most extraordinary males in 19th-century America.

Born right into a loose black relations in 1766, Forten served within the innovative struggle as undefined. by means of 1810 he had earned the excellence of being the best sailmaker in Philadelphia. quickly after Forten emerged as a pace-setter in Philadelphia's black group and was once energetic in a variety of reform actions. particularly widespread in nationwide and foreign antislavery pursuits, he served as vice-president of the yank Anti-Slavery Society and have become shut associates with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent funds to begin up the Liberator. His relations have been all lively abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, released a recognized diary of her reviews 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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