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30 novembre 1997
First published in England in 1831, "The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave Narrative" is one of the most important narratives of the slave experience in the Americas. This book describes in detail the reality of the slave experience: the dehumanization of Black people, the moral degradation of their masters, and the ever-present violence. Prince's story is also an important early defense of the humanity of people of African descent. She notes that slave masters "think that black people are like cattle, without natural affection. But my heart tells me it is far otherwise." Prince tells of her labor in the salt ponds of Turk's Island, her conflict with a hired mulatto woman, her spiritual life in the Moravian Church, and many other topics. Ultimately, she celebrates the desire and hope for freedom: "All slaves want to be free." After enduring years of cruelty and abuse at the hands of several families who successively owned her in Bermuda and the West Indies, Mary Prince traveled to London in 1828, in the service of the Woods family. There she was granted her freedom in accordance with English law. But England's anti-slavery ruling did not extend to Antigua, and, in order to remain free, Prince had to abandon hopes of rejoining her husband, who had been left behind.
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Mary Prince (1788) was a Bermudian woman, born into slavery in Brackish Pond, which is now known as Devonshire Marsh, in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. The published story of her slavery was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in England and the book had a galvanizing effect on the anti-slavery movement. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Woman's Voice and the Experience of Slavery 24 septembre 2000
Par mp - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First published in 1831, "The History of Mary Prince" is an extraordinary cultural document. It is the first published account of a female British ex-slave. Mary Prince, a slave in the West Indies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, tells the story of her life in an effort to awaken sympathy for the abolitionist movement in England.
Mary particularly emphasizes instances of the arbitrary punishments meted out by her various masters. She repeatedly questions how the British, a civilized nation, could permit its colonists to treat its colonial work force like brute beasts. Mary elicits our attention and respect in the ways she manages to resist the brutality of her masters, both physically and vocally. She often shows herself speaking out against cruelty regardless of social taboos, accepted colonial norms of unquestioning obedience, and the image of the "benevolent" slave owner.
Mary's narrative is also remarkable for her characterization as the "self-made heroine." Mary tells us extensively about her attempts to save enough money to purchase her freedom, and to engage, convert, and marry the man of her choice. As the editor of this edition points out, as Mary begins to learn the value of her labor, she more easily manipulates her owners into realizing their own powerlessness over her. A sort of Wollstonecraftian feminist hero, Mary Prince bases her self-definition on her ability to be financially, as well as physically independent, and to improve herself through education and religion.
One limitation of "The History of Mary Prince" is the fact that it was only dictated by Prince. It was transcribed and published by British abolitionists, who may have suggested the emphasis on brutality and deemphasis on specifically sexual violence. It is impossible to know the extent of the editing process, which was out of Prince's hands. Nonetheless, this edition, edited by Moira Ferguson, contains many relevant historical documents which provide a rich context for Prince's narrative.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An important document of the slave experience 6 janvier 2001
Par Michael J. Mazza - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Born in Bermuda in the late 18th century, Mary Prince was a Black woman who survived enslavement in the colonial world of the Caribbean. She orally told her story to a third party, who transcribed it. First published in England in 1831, "The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave" is one of the most important narratives of the slave experience in the Americas.
This book describes in detail the reality of the slave experience: the dehumanization of Black people, the moral degradation of their masters, and the ever-present violence. Prince's story is also an important early defense of the humanity of people of African descent. She notes that slave masters "think that black people are like cattle, without natural affection. But my heart tells me it is far otherwise."
Prince tells of her labor in the salt ponds of Turk's Island, her conflict with a hired mulatto woman, her spiritual life in the Moravian Church, and many other topics. Ultimately, she celebrates the desire and hope for freedom: "All slaves want to be free."
"The History of Mary Prince" does not quite attain the level of literary craftsmanship and psychological complexity as do some other classic slave narratives (I am thinking in particular of those of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs). But it is still a powerful, authoritative, and important human testament. Mary Prince declares, "I have been a slave--I have felt what a slave feels, and I know what a slave knows." We of later centuries need to hear her words.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 another important voice from the past 28 novembre 2011
Par Michael Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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this is a good read but one must keep in mind the agenda of anti-slavery zealots.
the new intro is informative and even admits the main problem with mary prince's narrative.
namely, that her account may have been embellished by anti-slavery society activists in england.
this is another narrative, like the early narrative of venture smith that was "related by" the enslaved person.
those types of narratives are always suspect of having been embellished. even so, it is an important
part of the historical record - especially regarding enslaved women in british held islands in the caribbean.

i will use in university level african diaspora history courses that i teach. i am interested in how students
would compare prince's narrative with linda brent's (harriet jacobs) "incidents in the life of a slave girl".
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A brave voice 4.5 5 mars 2010
Par Stacy Koenig - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having visited Turks & Caicos a few times I figured it was time to read this book. The vision brought to light, by the brave voice of Mary Prince, is real.

Born in Bermuda, Mary traveled to and fro across the caribbean in search of her freedom. Her story takes you through beatings, hangings by the wrist for such a minimal incident, and working the days from 4:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night. The story continues through to her final escape to the refuse of Mr. Thomas Pringle.

Thomas Pringle was a member of the Anti-Slavery movement. He assisted Mary Prince in her freedom and with getting her story down on paper for all to see.

Highly Recommend.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing True Story 6 février 2013
Par J. Titak - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This was a required book for an undergrad class. The author is a great writer and the book was of decent quality.
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