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Mary S. Peake The Colored Teacher at Fortress Monroe   By: (1815-1904)

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In "Mary S. Peake: The Colored Teacher at Fortress Monroe," author Lewis C. Lockwood sheds light on an extraordinary woman whose impact during a time of racial strife and inequality cannot be overstated. Lockwood takes the reader on an engaging journey, chronicling the life and achievements of Mary S. Peake, a revered educator and abolitionist.

Peake's story is one of perseverance and determination. Born into slavery in the antebellum South, she faced numerous challenges from an early age. However, her remarkable intelligence and unwavering spirit led her to fight for her education and those of her fellow African Americans.

What distinguishes this biography is Lockwood's meticulous research, which provides a comprehensive understanding of Peake's life. The author masterfully delves into historical records and personal accounts, piecing together a vivid narrative that captures the essence of the times. Lockwood's attention to detail reveals not only the prominent events but also the nuances of Peake's life, allowing readers to fully comprehend the struggles she faced and the victories she achieved.

Moreover, Lockwood skillfully explores the broader historical context surrounding Peake's work. By analyzing the socio-political climate of the Civil War era, he effectively emphasizes the significance of her contributions. From her tireless efforts as a teacher to establishing the first classroom for African Americans, Peake served as a beacon of hope and progress.

The author's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this biography engaging for both historians and casual readers alike. Lockwood effortlessly weaves together historical facts and personal anecdotes, painting a vivid picture of Peake's determination and impact. This seamless integration of information and storytelling ensures that readers remain captivated throughout, yearning to learn more about Peake's remarkable journey.

In summary, "Mary S. Peake: The Colored Teacher at Fortress Monroe" is an exceptional biography that sheds light on a lesser-known figure in American history. Lewis C. Lockwood's insightful research and engaging narrative offer a comprehensive understanding of Peake's life and her invaluable contributions to education and equality. This book is a valuable addition to any history enthusiast's collection and serves as a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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MARY S. PEAKE,

The Colored Teacher at Fortress Monroe.

BY REV. LEWIS C. LOCKWOOD, FIRST MISSIONARY TO THE FREEDMEN AT FORTRESS MONROE, 1862.

WITH AN APPENDIX.

PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY, 28 CORNHILL, BOSTON.

[Illustration: Mary S. Peake]

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE

Birth and Parentage. Education. Religious Convictions. Prayers in the Tomb. Union with the Church. Labors for the Poor. Marriage. 5

CHAPTER II.

Commencement of the Mission at Fortress Monroe. Flight of the Rebels from Hampton. Burning of the Town. The Place reoccupied by Freedmen. 16

CHAPTER III.

Opening of Religious Services and Schools. Mrs. Peake a Teacher. Singing in the Schools. Christmas Festival. 30

CHAPTER IV.

Failure of Health. Religious Joy. Farewell Messages. Death. Funeral. Conclusion. 39

APPENDIX. 53

MARY S. PEAKE.

CHAPTER I.

Birth and Parentage. Education. Religious Convictions. Prayers in the Tomb. Union with the Church... Continue reading book >>




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