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The Memoir of James Jackson, the Attentive and Obedient Scholar, Who Died in Boston, October 31, 1833, A (John Harvard Library)

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"The design of this Memoir is, to present the incidents in the life of a little colored boy." So begins the life story of James Jackson, as set down by his African American teacher, Susan Paul, in 1835, as an example to other children and adults who might learn from the boy's goodness. This remarkable document--the first African American biography and a work that predates Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by almost thirty years--is a lost treasure from the annals of African American history. With its combination of eyewitness accounts, personal testimony, and excerpts from traditional Sunday school texts, the memoir is an extraordinary social history rooted in both nineteenth-century evangelicalism and the experiences of free African Americans. Susan Paul's portrayal of James Jackson's Christian sensibility, his idealism, and his racial awareness emphasizes his humanity and exemplary American character over his racial identity, even as it embeds him in his African American community.

Synopsis:

This remarkable document--the first African American biography and a work that predates Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by almost thirty years--is a lost treasure from the annals of African American history. Susan Paul's portrayal of James Jackson's Christian sensibility, his idealism, and his racial awareness emphasizes his humanity and exemplary American character over his racial identity, even as it embeds him in his African American community.

Synopsis:

"The design of this Memoir is, to present the incidents in the life of a little colored boy." So begins the life story of James Jackson, as set down by his African American teacher, Susan Paul, in 1835, as an example to other children and adults who might learn from the boy's goodness. This remarkable document--the first African American biography and a work that predates Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby almost thirty years--is a lost treasure from the annals of African American history. With its combination of eyewitness accounts, personal testimony, and excerpts from traditional Sunday school texts, the memoir is an extraordinary social history rooted in both nineteenth-century evangelicalism and the experiences of free African Americans. Susan Paul's portrayal of James Jackson's Christian sensibility, his idealism, and his racial awareness emphasizes his humanity and exemplary American character over his racial identity, even as it embeds him in his African American community.

About the Author

Lois Brown is Assistant Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College.

Mount Holyoke College

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Memoir of James Jackson
    • Preface
    • Chapter I
    • Chapter II
    • Chapter III
    • Chapter IV
    • Chapter V
    • Chapter VI
    • Chapter VII
    • “The Little Lind Boy”
    • “Am I to Blame?”
  • Chronology
  • Articles and Letters
  • Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674002371
Editor:
Brown, Lois
Editor:
Brown, Lois
Editor:
Brown, Lois
Editor:
Paul, Susan
Edited:
Brown, Paul, Susan, Lois
Author:
Brown, Lois
Author:
Paul, Susan
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Education
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Afro-american teachers
Subject:
African American children
Subject:
Free African Americans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Jackson, James
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Subject:
History - United States/19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
John Harvard Library
Series Volume:
24
Publication Date:
February 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 7 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This remarkable document--the first African American biography and a work that predates Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by almost thirty years--is a lost treasure from the annals of African American history. Susan Paul's portrayal of James Jackson's Christian sensibility, his idealism, and his racial awareness emphasizes his humanity and exemplary American character over his racial identity, even as it embeds him in his African American community.
"Synopsis" by , "The design of this Memoir is, to present the incidents in the life of a little colored boy." So begins the life story of James Jackson, as set down by his African American teacher, Susan Paul, in 1835, as an example to other children and adults who might learn from the boy's goodness. This remarkable document--the first African American biography and a work that predates Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby almost thirty years--is a lost treasure from the annals of African American history. With its combination of eyewitness accounts, personal testimony, and excerpts from traditional Sunday school texts, the memoir is an extraordinary social history rooted in both nineteenth-century evangelicalism and the experiences of free African Americans. Susan Paul's portrayal of James Jackson's Christian sensibility, his idealism, and his racial awareness emphasizes his humanity and exemplary American character over his racial identity, even as it embeds him in his African American community.
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