By Julie Winch
Born right into a unfastened black kin in 1766, Forten served within the progressive conflict as undefined. by way of 1810 he had earned the excellence of being the best sailmaker in Philadelphia. quickly after Forten emerged as a pacesetter in Philadelphia's black group and was once lively in quite a lot of reform actions. in particular favourite in nationwide and overseas antislavery activities, he served as vice-president of the yankee Anti-Slavery Society and have become shut pals with William Lloyd Garrison to whom he lent cash to begin up the Liberator. His kin have been all lively abolitionists and a granddaughter, Charlotte Forten, released a well-known diary of her stories educating ex-slaves in South Carolina's Sea Islands through the Civil War.
This is the 1st critical 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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