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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-2

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About This Edition

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p. 3

This edition is made available under the imprimatur of DocSouth Books, a cooperative endeavor between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library and the University of North Carolina Press. Titles in DocSouth Books are drawn from the Library’s "Documenting the American South"...

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Summary

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pp. 4-7

Born in 1815 in Caswell County, North Carolina, Moses Roper was the son of a white planter, Henry H. Roper, and Nancy, his house slave. When Roper was about six years old, he was sold away from his family, probably because of his light skin tone and embarrassing resemblance to his father...

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p. 8

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PREFACE.

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pp. 10-11

THE following narrative was to have appeared under the auspices of the Rev. Dr. Morison, of Chelsea, whose generous exertions on behalf of Moses Roper have entitled him to the admiration and gratitude of every philanthropist. But the illness of the doctor having prevented him from reading...

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INTRODUCTION.

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pp. 12-14

THE determination of laying this little narrative before the public did not arise from any desire to make myself conspicuous, but with the view of exposing the cruel system of slavery, as will here be laid before my readers; from the urgent calls of nearly all the friends to whom I had related any...

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ESCAPE, &C.

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pp. 15-51

I was born in North Carolina, in Caswell county, I am not able to tell in what year or month. What I shall now relate is, what was told me by my mother and grandmother. A few months before I was born, my father married my mother's young mistress. As soon as my father's wife heard of my...