Library of Congress Places Captured Muslim Slave's Autobiography on Line

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Recently the LOC placed on their webpage the only manuscript of an African man who was captured, survived the middle-passage and sold in Charlestown in the earliest years of the 19th century. He remained a slave his entire life and died in 1864. This manuscript was written in both Arabic and English.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6608417/Wicked-men-took-violence-Rare-account-gives-insight-life-Muslim-American-slave.htm

https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2019/01/new-online-rare-autobiography-in-arabic-by-enslaved-American/
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There is no mention of who actually captured him and sold him into slavery.

He talks of two slave masters, one cruel and one kind.

His conversion to Christianity if glossed over as a possible means to an end.

He openly admits to carrying out 'jihad' against the non-believers.

This is a very interesting find indeed. There appears to be quite a mixture of experiences, and fortunately his previous education allows us insight into some of them.
 


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