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The reader follows the author's experiences of Russia - experiencing local customs, the St. Petersburg flood and the Decembrist revolt - to her time in Jamaica as a missonary to the newly emancipated blacks.
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Ronald Walters is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.Review:
ancy Prince was born in 1799 in Newburyport and privately published her memoir in 1850. After its successful distribution, a second, enlarged edition was published in 1853. Long out of print until re-published by Markus Wiener Publishing with a new introduction by Ronald Walters (professor of Afro-American history at Johns Hopkins University), this new edition of A Black Woman's Odyssey Through Russia and Jamaica will introduce a new generation of readers to a most remarkable 19th century woman of entrepreneurial spirit and indomitable energy, beginning with her father's escape from a slave ship anchored off Rhode Island and her childhood in the home he founded near Boston.
Eventually Nancy married and embarked with her husband on a boat bound for Russia where she became a well compensated household servant in St. Petersburg. From Russia she traveled to pre-Civil War Jamaica (where slavery had been abolished by the British) to visit a refugee camp for runaway American slaves. Her unique insight into 19th century Russian life and her depiction of an unusual aspect of American slavery make her memoir an important historical document as well as a riveting autobiography. A Black Woman's Odyssey Through Russia and Jamaica is highly recommended reading for students of Black studies, women's studies, and 19th century Russian history. -- Review in Internet Bookwatch
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