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Three Years In Europe

Three Years In Europe by William Wells Brown
By: (1814?-1884)

William Wells Brown was born a slave, near Lexington, Kentucky. His mother, Elizabeth, was a slave--his father a white man who never acknowledged his paternity. Brown escaped slavery at about the age of 20. For many years he worked as a steamboatman and as a conductor for the Underground Railroad in Buffalo, New York. In 1843, he became a lecturer for the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society, and was a contemporary of Frederick Douglass.

Brown went to Europe in 1849 to encourage British support for the anti-slavery movement in the United States. He remained there until 1854 when British abolitionists purchased his freedom. Soon afterward, he returned to the United States to continue his work in the abolitionist movement.

Throughout his life, he wrote several books, including his autobiography, Clotel, and, The Rising Son; or, The Antecedents and Advancement of the Colored Race, among others. He was also the author of two plays.

Three Years In Europe; Or, Places I Have Seen and People I Have Met is a series of letters that Brown wrote to certain of his friends. A few were destined for publication in The Liberator, the famed abolitionist journal published by Frederick Douglass. In the letters, Brown described his impressions while traveling across Europe, meeting and sharing his experiences first as a slave and then as a fugitive. (Introduction by James K. White)

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THREE YEARS IN EUROPE;

Or, Places I Have Seen and People I Have Met

by

W. WELLS BROWN A Fugitive Slave.

With

A MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR

by

WILLIAM FARMER, Esq.

London: Charles Gilpin, 5, Bishopsgate Street, Without. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd.

1852

[Illustration: W. Wells Brown.]

CONTENTS.

MEMOIR OF WILLIAM WELLS BROWN, Page ix xxix

AUTHOR'S PREFACE, xxxi xxxii

LETTER I.

Departure from Boston the Passengers Halifax the Passage First Sight of Land Liverpool, 1 9

LETTER II.

Trip to Ireland Dublin Her Majesty's Visit Illumination of the City the Birth Place of Thomas Moore a Reception, 9 21

LETTER III.

Departure from Ireland London Trip to Paris Paris The Peace Congress: first day Church of the Madeleine Column Vendome the French, 21 38

LETTER IV... Continue reading book >>


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