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A Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery

Moses Roper

Publication Year: 2011

The ###Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper# can be read as an extended autobiographical meditation on the meaning of race in antebellum America. First published in England, the text documents the life of Moses Roper, beginning with his birth in North Carolina and chronicling his travels through South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Roper was able to obtain employment on a schooner named ###The Fox#, and in 1834 he made his way to freedom aboard the vessel. Once in Boston, he was quickly recruited as a signatory to the constitution of the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS), but he sailed to England the next year. Roper's narrative is especially interesting because although it was published after Frederick Douglass's much-heralded 1845 ###Narrative#, Roper actually preceded Douglass in his involvement in AASS as well as in his travel to the United Kingdom. This text is often cited by literary scholars because of its length, its extensive detail, and its unforgiving portrayal of enslaved life in the "land of the free."

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Series: DocSouth Books


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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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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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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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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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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...

E-ISBN-13: 9781469602912
E-ISBN-10: 1469602911
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807869659
Print-ISBN-10: 0807869651

Page Count: 52
Illustrations: 4 illus.
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: DocSouth Books
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OCLC Number: 769189686
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