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Rambles of a runaway from southern slavery / Henry Goings ; edited by Calvin Schermerhorn, Michael Plunkett, and Edward Gaynor.

By: Goings, Henry, approximately 1810-.
Contributor(s): Schermerhorn, Calvin, 1975- | Plunkett, Michael, 1942- | Gaynor, Edward, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Carter G. Woodson Institute series: Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (xxxvi, 157 pages) : maps.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0813932408; 9780813932408.Subject(s): Slaves -- United States -- Biography | Freedmen -- United States -- Biography | African Americans -- Canada -- Biography | Slave narratives -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Rambles of a runaway from southern slavery.DDC classification: 306.3/62092 | B Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
My birth and birth place in Virginia. My name, Elijah Turner. Changes from one master to another. In North Carolina. Tennessee. Alabama. Georgia. Mississippi. New Orleans. Emigrating from plantation to plantation. My marriage. Death of my last master -- My change of name and escape from slavery. Through Tennessee. Kentucky. Illinois. Indiana. Ohio to Michigan. Employed at various places, and at Perryburg (Ohio) -- Landed in Canada. Nearly victimized into slavery again. Returns after his wife. Trial at Perryburg. Escape to Canada. Marriage of second wife -- Observations on slavery. The present war. The Church. The Irish orator, Shiells -- Remarks on some of the southern states, and emigration to them -- Appendix -- Editors' appendices. Maps. Interviews with "Henry Gowens" and "Mrs. Henry Gowens". Letter to the editor, by Henry Goins. "Farm for sale" notice showing Henry Goings as sales agent.
Summary: Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery tells of an extraordinary life in and out of slavery in the United States and Canada. Born Elijah Turner in the Virginia Tidewater, circa 1810, the author eventually procured freedom papers from a man he resembled and took the man's name, Henry Goings. His life story takes us on an epic journey, traveling from his Virginia birthplace through the cotton kingdom of the lower South, and upon his escape from slavery, through Tennessee and Kentucky, then on to the Great Lakes region of the North and to Canada. His Rambles show that slaves were found not only in fields but also on the nation's roads and rivers, perpetually in motion in massive coffles or as solitary runaways. A freedom narrative as well as a slave narrative, this compact yet detailed book illustrates many important developments in antebellum America, such as the large-scale forced migration of enslaved people from long-established slave societies in the eastern United States to new settlements on the cotton frontier, the political-economic processes that framed that migration, and the accompanying human anguish. Goings's life and reflections serve as important primary documents of African American life and of American national expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This edition features an informative and insightful introduction by Calvin Schermerhorn.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

My birth and birth place in Virginia. My name, Elijah Turner. Changes from one master to another. In North Carolina. Tennessee. Alabama. Georgia. Mississippi. New Orleans. Emigrating from plantation to plantation. My marriage. Death of my last master -- My change of name and escape from slavery. Through Tennessee. Kentucky. Illinois. Indiana. Ohio to Michigan. Employed at various places, and at Perryburg (Ohio) -- Landed in Canada. Nearly victimized into slavery again. Returns after his wife. Trial at Perryburg. Escape to Canada. Marriage of second wife -- Observations on slavery. The present war. The Church. The Irish orator, Shiells -- Remarks on some of the southern states, and emigration to them -- Appendix -- Editors' appendices. Maps. Interviews with "Henry Gowens" and "Mrs. Henry Gowens". Letter to the editor, by Henry Goins. "Farm for sale" notice showing Henry Goings as sales agent.

Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery tells of an extraordinary life in and out of slavery in the United States and Canada. Born Elijah Turner in the Virginia Tidewater, circa 1810, the author eventually procured freedom papers from a man he resembled and took the man's name, Henry Goings. His life story takes us on an epic journey, traveling from his Virginia birthplace through the cotton kingdom of the lower South, and upon his escape from slavery, through Tennessee and Kentucky, then on to the Great Lakes region of the North and to Canada. His Rambles show that slaves were found not only in fields but also on the nation's roads and rivers, perpetually in motion in massive coffles or as solitary runaways. A freedom narrative as well as a slave narrative, this compact yet detailed book illustrates many important developments in antebellum America, such as the large-scale forced migration of enslaved people from long-established slave societies in the eastern United States to new settlements on the cotton frontier, the political-economic processes that framed that migration, and the accompanying human anguish. Goings's life and reflections serve as important primary documents of African American life and of American national expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This edition features an informative and insightful introduction by Calvin Schermerhorn.

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CHOICE Review

Those knowledgeable about slave narratives may recognize the name Henry Gowens in that of Henry Goings, and all indications are that the newly discovered Rambles of a Runaway proceed from the same individual Benjamin Drew interviewed as "Gowens" in 1855 for his A North-Side View of Slavery. This book is considerably more matter of fact than the North-Side interview, less emotively focused on the horrors of slavery than on its peregrinations, as Goings was dragged ever more deeply south until he escaped to Canada. From this haven, he was briefly lured south by slave catchers in league with an African Canadian falsely promising to reunite Goings with his wife. His capture necessitated a new escape, this one interestingly aided by the townsfolk of Perrysburg, Ohio. Goings's short, five-chapter narrative was written over time as he grew increasingly cynical. In his initial leap from slavery, he entertained hope for the human condition, but during his time in Canada, he soured on the whole enterprise. The superb editing of this narrative includes enlightening notes on topical names, places, and issues; the original Drew interviews; and the appendixes Goings strangely included with his text. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. B. A. Mann University of Toledo

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<p>Calvin Schermerhorn is Assistant Professor of History at Arizona State University. Michael Plunkett is former Director of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts. Edward Gaynor is Head of Collection Development and Description at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.</p>

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