From Slavery to Britain: The Escape of William W. Brown

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Title

From Slavery to Britain: The Escape of William W. Brown

Subject

Fugitive Slaves in Britain

Description

William Wells Brown describes his experience as a slave in his autobiography Narrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave. The attached page is just one example of a white master acting as though his slaves are not human. In this case, Mr. Walker takes a slave woman’s baby and gives him away, for being too loud. Today readers can hardly imagine an equivalent situation, but such accounts are important for understanding the treatment which motivated slaves to risk their lives for freedom. Although he lived in, and wrote about America, Brown moved to Britain after escaping and stayed there to avoid being recaptured when the Fugitive Slave Act was passed. Escapees such as Brown were fashionable in Britain during the mid-nineteenth century, and Brown used the attention he received to speak against slavery, and to make a living. William W. Brown’s narrative helps us to understand life for blacks in America, which is a valuable counterpoint when studying the lives of Black Briton’s

Creator

William Wells Brown

Source

Narrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave

Publisher

Boston: Antislavery Society

Date

1847

Contributor

Cliff Lester

Rights

USC Archives & Special Collections
Call No: E444 .B88 1847

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Files

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Citation

William Wells Brown, “From Slavery to Britain: The Escape of William W. Brown,” Black Britons in USC Archives & Special Collections, accessed July 21, 2017, http://uscblackbritons.omeka.net/items/show/2.