Captain Paul Cuffe's Logs and Letters, 1808-1817: A Black Quaker's "Voice within the Veil"

Captain Paul Cuffe's Logs and Letters, 1808-1817: A Black Quaker's "Voice within the Veil"

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Cuffe, Paul; Wiggins, Rosalind Cobb [editor]. Captain Paul Cuffe's Logs and Letters, 1808-1817: A Black Quaker's "Voice within the Veil"; With an Introduction by Rhett S. Jones. Washington DC: Howard University Press, 1996. First Edition. ISBN: 9780882581835. [6837]

Terra cotta cloth with gilt titles, binding fine, dust jacket near fine, xxi., 529 clean pp. Ex library with the only indicators being labels on the front end papers, an ink name stamp on the title page, and an ink name stamp on the top and side closed page edges. Very good in very good dust-jacket. Hardcover.
Published by Howard University Press under the auspices of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.

Paul Cuffe, (or Cuffee) (1759-1879), b. in the Elizabeth Islands of Massachusetts to an emancipated slave father and a Native American mother. The family bought a farm in Dartmouth in 1767. Paul began seafaring life as a crew member on whaling ships when he was 14 years old, and began his own trading as a young man, building a successful commercial enterprise of whale hunting and shipping commerce in the Atlantic.

The records in this book cover the period from 1808 to 1817, when Cuffe attempting to undercut the slave trade by establishing a trading cooperative in Sierra Leone, thus linking the United States, England, and small West African nations.

"This presentation of original source documents contributes to scholars' views of the activities of free blacks before the Civil War and forms a significant addition to existing biographical information about Paul Cuffe." - publisher