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Five Black Lives
The Autobiographies of Venture Smith, James Mars, William Grimes, The Rev. G. W. Offley, and James L. Smith
Arna Bontemps, intro.

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• Introduction – Arna Bontemps
• A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF VENTURE . . . RELATED BY HIMSELF
• Preface
• Containing an Account of his Life, from his Birth to the Time of his Leaving his Native Country
• Containing an Account of his Life from the Time of his Leaving Africa to That of his Becoming Free
• Containing an Account of his Life from the Time of Purchasing his Freedom to the Present Day
• Traditions of Venture! cpmpiled by H. M. Selden
• LIFE OF JAMES MARS . . . WRITTEN BY HIMSELF
• Introduction
• A Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut
• Appendix
• LIFE OF WILLIAM GRIMES . . . WRITTEN BY HIMSELF
• To the Public
• Life of William Grimes
• Conclusion
• A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND LABORS OF THE REV. G. W. OFFLEY
• AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES L. SMITH
• Preface
• Birth and Childhood
• Youth and Early Manhood
• Life in Heathsville
• Escape from Slavery
• Life in Freedom
• Life in Norwich, Conn.
• The War of the Rebellion
• After the War
• Conclusion
• Colored Men During the War
• Recollections of the War
• The Exodus

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