Truth Stranger than Fiction. Father Henson’s Story of His own Life. With an Introduction by Mrs. H.B. Stowe.
“Henson, known as the ‘real Uncle Tom,’ was thought to be an imposter while he visited England before the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. But after he was popularly identified with Mrs. Stowe’s hero, his honesty was apparently never again questioned. Forty years a slave, he escaped from a slave market and had an easy flight to Canada where he became a Canadian agent for the Underground Railroad.”—Blockson. Henson, formerly enslaved in Maryland and Kentucky, fled to Canada: “Quickly establishing himself as a leader in the Afro-Canadian community, Henson made several trips back to the United States and across the Mason-Dixon line to help other slaves escape.” (ANB) The present work is an expansion of the author’s 1858 autobiography, presented here with a new introduction by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This copy with the possible ownership inscription of Elisa Barney (1802–1889), a correspondent of abolitionist and women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott.
Description: Truth Stranger than Fiction. Father Henson’s Story of His own Life. With an Introduction by Mrs. H.B. Stowe.
Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1858. Portrait frontispiece, xii, 212pp. 7¾ x 5 inches. Original, publisher’s blindstamped brown cloth with gilt spine titling. Contemporary ownership inscription on title page. Slightly cocked, unobtrusive mottling to spine; otherwise very good to near fine.
Blockson, Afro-Americana Exhibition. Brignano 691.
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