SPIDER WEBS A STEAMER TRUNK AND SLAVERY 1826-1886.: Lindley, Lenora and Edith L. Bennett. SPIDER WEBS A STEAMER TRUNK AND SLAVERY 1826-1886.: Lindley, Lenora and Edith L. Bennett.


Lindley, Lenora and Edith L. Bennett.

Published by Kentucky Typewriter Corporation, Owensboro
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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1964. First Edition, square 8vo, spiral bound with stiff paper covers, variously paginated, about 250-300pp including numerous unnumbered facsimiles of letters, and illustrations. Signed and dated by author Bennett. VG+. Very scarce. With an introduction by the late Kentucky historian, J. Winston Coleman. The book includes three sections: 1) Slave Letters; 2) Correspondence of the Orme and Belt families and their descendants; 3) Bennett and other genealogies. In 1829, the Kentucky Colonization Society was formed, as an adjunct to the American Colonization Society, founded in 1817. Numerous Kentuckians sent their freed slaves to Liberia where they could start life anew. The colony for freed Kentucky slaves was known as Kentucky in Liberia, and its capital was Clay Ashland, named in honor of Henry Clay and his country estate. The slave letters, addressed to Mr. Henry Stevens, in Kentucky, his sister, and the husband of one of the slaves, give a picture of the harsh life of the freed slaves in Liberia. In some cases, the living conditions were so poor, because of the barren land, and the lack of tools and equipment, that some freed slaves opted to return to the relatively benign bondage in Kentucky rather than live as free people in such horrible conditions in Africa. Part of the book consists of letters written after the Civil War by an ex-slave, and family letters written during the period 1831-1862 from Washington, D.C. to relatives living in Ohio County, Kentucky. The final section is on the genealogy of the Bennett, Stevens, Rowan, Lindley, Taylor, Hicks and allied familes of Ohio and surrounding counties. Laid in, a recent newspaper article about Clay Ashland in Liberia. Bookseller Inventory # 07629

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Publisher: Kentucky Typewriter Corporation, Owensboro

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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