Prince, Mary: Author and Slavery Survivor

Mary Prince

 

Prince

  • Born around the year 1788 into slavery in Bermuda
  • In December 1826, Prince married Daniel James, a former slave who had bought his freedom by saving money from his work.
  • In 1828, Prince had gone to London with her master and his family from Antigua.
  • Anti-slavery laws were in place in Britain, making Prince a free woman in Britain. She could not go back to Antigua to reunite with her husband as slavery had not yet been abolished in British Caribbean Islands, and she would have been recaptured as a slave. Her master refused to grant her freedom or allow her to be purchased out of his control
  • Prince had her account transcribed while living and working in England at the home of Thomas Pringle, secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society. In 1831 The History of Mary Prince was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom.

 

 

I have read her story (the copy remains on my shelf), and it is a heart-breaking account of the typical life of a slave woman, born into childhood. She takes us through the procedure of being sold, the decline in health the mandatory work of a slave brings and the breakdown of her family. I would recommend this book for anyone who would like to know more about Slavery. Britain contributed to many of the evil-doings, but her story also highlights the small heroes in Britain who helped her escape from the grips of her owner and into a better life (well as good as it could get I guess).

 

I have read her story (the copy remains on my shelf), and it is a heartbreaking account of the typical life of a slave woman, born into childhood. She takes us through the procedure of being sold, the decline in health the madotory work of a slave brings and the breakdown of her family. I would recommend this book for anyone who would like to know more about Slavery.

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