Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America

By Moses Grandy

36 pp., 6 x 9, 2 illus.

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-6951-2
    Published: September 2011
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6952-9
    Published: September 2011

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Born into slavery in North Carolina around 1786, Moses Grandy was bequeathed to his young playmate, his original owner's son, when they were both eight years old. Hired out until he was twenty-one, Grandy describes each of his temporary masters--some cruel and some kind. His first wife is sold shortly after they marry, and he never sees her again. After saving his money whenever possible and buying his freedom for $600, Grandy is betrayed by his childhood friend, who sells him. Grandy marries again and purchases his freedom a second time, only to be once again betrayed. With the assistance of white friends, Grandy buys his freedom a third time and moves north. He is also able to purchase the freedom of his second wife, but their children remain in slavery. Grandy wrote this Narrative to raise funds for the freedom of his children.

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Born into slavery in North Carolina around 1786, Grandy had to purchase his freedom three times due to dishonest masters.
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