Saturday, September 23, 10:30 AM
Presented by: Aaron M. Dougherty
Briton Hammon is considered one of the first black Americans to have a published autobiography, and the 1760 publication of his story is one of the first American slave narratives. Going to sea on a 1747 trading voyage, Briton would encounter Florida natives, Spanish governors and sailors, and French foes in a thirteen-year ordeal that saw him face death, torture, imprisonment and battle time and time again. Briton’s story was noticed because of an 18th century fascination with so-called “captivity narratives;” accounts of people of European and African descent imprisoned by American natives. In later decades, the life stories of slaves like Briton began to feature more prominently in the American consciousness, and help to fuel the growing American abolitionist movement.
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