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From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or Struggles for Freedom

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By: (c. 1830-?)

In From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or Struggles for Freedom Delaney tells the story of how she was born into slavery of her mother--a freeborn black woman who had been kidnapped and sold on the blocks--but escaped while a teenager and eventually sued in court for her freedom. After the Civil War, Delaney spent the rest of her life inspiring other African Americans to take advantage of the new opportunities available to them as a result of their new found freedom, and to constantly strive to improve their lives and the lives of their progeny

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Struggles for Freedom.

[Illustration: (signed) Yours Truly, Lucy A. Delaney]

FROM THE

DARKNESS COMETH THE LIGHT

OR

STRUGGLES FOR FREEDOM.

[Illustration]

ST. LOUIS, MO. PUBLISHING HOUSE OF J. T. SMITH, No. 11, Bridge Entrance.

Dedication.

To those who by their valor have made their name immortal, from whom we are daily learning the lessons of patriotism, in whom we respect the virtues of charity, patience and friendship as displayed towards the colored race and to those

"Whose deeds crowd History's pages And Time's great volume make,"

is this little volume reverently dedicated

THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC.

Preface.

So many of my friends have urged me to give a short sketch of my varied life that I have consented, and herewith present it for the consideration of my readers. Those who were with me in the days of slavery will appreciate these pages, for though they cannot recur with any happiness to the now "shadowy past, or renew the unrenewable," the unaccountable longing for the aged to look backward and review the events of their youth will find an answering chord in this little book... Continue reading book >>


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