Mar 25, 2021 - Sale 2562

Sale 2562 - Lot 4

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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Narrative of Andrew Jackson, of Kentucky; Containing . . . Twenty-Six Years of his Life while a Slave. 36 pages. 12mo, stitched; leaves C1 and C6 (final leaf) in facsimile, moderate foxing, minor dampstaining, minor wear to top corner affecting only early owner's inscription, other minor wear. Syracuse, NY: Liberty Intelligencer Office, 1846

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First edition. This Andrew Jackson (most definitely not the president) was legally born free to an enslaved father and a free mother in Kentucky, but was nonetheless raised in slavery and did field work until his eventual escape as a young man. He made his way to Wisconsin and did some lecturing for the abolitionist cause. This memoir was "narrated by himself, written by a friend," and concludes with 3 abolitionist "Songs of Freedom" by other authors. The friend was likely John N.T. Tucker, an author, newspaperman and abolitionist activist who was a Syracuse resident at the time. The Preface is signed "T", and one of the poems, titled Fugitive's Triumph, is by "J.N.T.T."

Sabin 35392 and Work, page 312 (both noting only the 1847 edition); not in Afro-Americana or Blockson; see also Jackson's entry in the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. Only one in OCLC (State Library of Pennsylvania, in worse condition than this one), and none traced at auction; a much longer 1847 second edition ("Narrative and Writings") followed.