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Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America

Moses Grandy

Publication Year: 2011

Born into slavery in North Carolina around 1786, Moses Grandy was bequeathed to his young playmate, his original owner's son, when they were both eight years old. Hired out until he was twenty-one, Grandy describes each of his temporary masters--some cruel and some kind. His first wife is sold shortly after they marry, and he never sees her again. After saving his money whenever possible and buying his freedom for $600, Grandy is betrayed by his childhood friend, who sells him. Grandy marries again and purchases his freedom a second time, only to be once again betrayed. With the assistance of white friends, Grandy buys his freedom a third time and moves north. He is also able to purchase the freedom of his second wife, but their children remain in slavery. Grandy wrote this ###Narrative# to raise funds for the freedom of his children.

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Series: DocSouth Books


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Title Page, Copyright

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About This Edition

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pp. 3-6

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pp. 7-8

About a fortnight ago, the subject of the following brief Memoir came to me, bearing with him a letter from a dear friend and distinguished abolitionist in the United States, from which the following, is an extract:— "I seize my pen in haste to gratify a most worthy coloured friend...

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Life of Moses Grandy

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pp. 9-35

My name is Moses Grandy: I was born in Camden County, North Carolina. I believe I am fifty-six years old. Slaves seldom know exactly how old they are: neither they nor their masters set down the time of a birth; the slaves, because they are not allowed to write or read; and the masters...

E-ISBN-13: 9781469602844
E-ISBN-10: 1469602849
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807869512
Print-ISBN-10: 0807869511

Page Count: 36
Illustrations: 2 illus.
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: DocSouth Books
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OCLC Number: 769189689
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