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William Wells Brown- A Review Warner Lucille Schulberg From Slave to Abolitionist The Life of William Wells Brown The Dial Press New York NY 136 pages William Wells Brown was a black man that suffered the pain of slavery for over 20 years He finally escaped from his master New Years day 1834 and began his fight for equality Through his lifetime he wrote books gave speeches and participated in many anti-slavery acts He was the first African American to publish a play and a novel depicting the struggles of slaves When he became a free man Brown made a promise to himself and was determined to live the rest of his life fighting the evils of slavery Brown was born near Lexington Kentucky in 1814 He lived with his mother Elizabeth in a log hut with his six other brothers and sisters They all had different fathers Browns father was a white man named George Higgins who was related to his master Dr Young When Brown was about two years old Dr Young moved from Kentucky to St Louis Missouri His complexion was quite fair and he was often mistaken for a white boy Browns early life on the plantation involved no work An old woman slave would watch him while his mother was out working on the fields However this would all change by the age of nine William was picked to be the personal slave of his young master who also happened to be named William Browns name was changed to Sanford His job was to entertain this child and to do whatever he told him to do He was forced to move into the big house to live with William and take care of him After Dr Young was finally settled in at St Louis he saw that he had more than enough slaves to run the household He began hiring out or renting slaves
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