We are very excited to announce that our book Slave Life in Georgia: A Narrative of the Life, Sufferings, and Escape of John Brown, A Fugitive Slave is now available in eBook through Amazon in the Kindle Store.
There are a couple of versions for sale but ours is unique, with an introduction documenting references in the narrative and testimonials, footnotes, and a bibliography of source materials.
This autobiography of John Brown, who spent thirty years as a slave in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia was published in London in 1855 by the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, and again in 1972 and 1991 by Beehive Press. For the introduction in our 1991 reissue (now out of print), F. N. Boney, University of Georgia, researched records which show that this is an authentic historical source and no mere fabrication of Abolitionist propagandists.
An excerpt here from the Introduction in our print edition by F.N. Boney, University of Georgia:
“John Brown was a slave in Georgia during the prime of his life. He finally escaped bondage in the South, passed through the free states and settled in Canada, safe from American justice which could have returned him to slavery. Alone and homeless, he went to England where he worked at his slave learned trade of carpentry and served the abolition cause as a lecturer and author. [John Brown] died in obscurity in London in 1876, but he left behind a moving autobiography, a compelling story of his life as a slave and his eventual escape.
Like most other fugitive slave narratives, this book was a cooperative effort. An illiterate black man, known as Benford or Fed in slavery and renamed John Brown in freedom, dictated his memoirs to educated, cosmopolitan Louis Alexis Chamerovzow, Secretary of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Two men could hardly have been more different. Yet they were one in their opposition to slavery which, when Slave Life in Georgia appeared in 1855, was still a powerful, enduring force in the American South.”
We also have an audiobook version available here through Audible. This was narrated by Damian Salandy, who did an incredible job bringing John Brown and his harrowing story to life.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SAVANNAH?
Speaking of Slavery…
Both the Savannah Morning News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, published this article today by Will Peeples:
‘I have to push forward:’
Effort to change Savannah’s Calhoun Square’s name nears finish line
A petition to rename Calhoun Square to Jubilee Square has made progress but is not yet ready for consideration by Savannah City Council.