INTRODUCTION. - - - 1
AUTHOR'S PREFACE. - - - 11
CHAP. I. -- Sketch of my Parentage,
13. Early separation from my Mother, 14. Hard Fare, 15. First Experiments at running away, 16.
Earnest longing for Freedom, 17. Abhorrent nature of Slavery, 18.
CHAP. II. -- A fruitless effort for
education, 20. The Sabbath among Slaves, 21. Degrading amusements, ib Why religion is
rejected, 24. Condition of poor white people, ib. Superstition among slaves, 25 Education
CHAP. III. -- My Courtship and
Marriage, 33. Change of owner, 42. My first born, ib. Its sufferings, 43. My wife abused, ib. My
own anguish, 44.
CHAP. IV. -- My first adventure for
liberty, 46. Parting Scene, 47. Journey up the river, 48. Safe arrival in Cincinnati, 50. Journey to
Canada, 51. Suffering from cold and hunger, 52. Denied food and shelter by some, ib. One noble
exception, 54. Subsequent success, ib. Arrival at Perrysburgh, 55. Obtain employment through
the winter, ib. My return to Kentucky to get my family, 56.
CHAP. V. -- My safe arrival at
Kentucky, 57. Surprise and delight to find my family, ib. Plan for their escape, projected, 58.
Return to Cincinnati, 60. My betrayal by traitors, 61. Imprisonment in Covington, Kentucky, 65.
Return to slavery, 66. Infamous proposal of the slave catchers, 67. My reply, 68.
CHAP. VI. -- Arrival at Louisville,
Kentucky, 72. Efforts to sell me, 73. Fortunate escape from the man-stealers in the public street,
74. I return to Bed ford, Ky., 77. The rescue of my family again attempted, 79. I started alone
expecting them to follow, 80. After waiting some months I resolve to go back again to Kentucky,
CHAP. VII. -- My safe return to
Kentucky, 84. The perils I encountered there, 85. Again betrayed, and taken by a mob, ironed
and imprisoned, 86. Narrow escape from death, 90. Life in a slave prison, 91.
CHAP. VIII. -- Character of my
prison companions, 94. Jail breaking contemplated, 95. Defeat of our plan, 97. My wife and child
removed, ib. Disgraceful proposal to her, and cruel punishment, 98. Our departure in a coffie for
New Orleans, 99. Events of our journey, ib.
CHAP IX. -- Our arrival and
examination at Vicksburg, 101. An account of slave sales, 103. Cruel punishment with the
paddle, ib. Attempts to sell myself by Garrison's direction, 106. Amusing interview with a slave
buyer, 107. Deacon Whitfield's examination, 109. He purchases the family, 110. Character of the
CHAP. X. -- Cruel treatment on
Whitfield's farm, 112. Exposure of the children, 116. Mode of extorting extra labor, 117. Neglect
of the sick, ib. Strange medicine used, 118. Death of our second child, ib.
CHAP. XI. -- I attend a prayer
meeting, 119. Punishment therefor threatened, 120. I attempt to escape alone, 121. My return to
take my family, 122. Our sufferings, 123. Dreadful attack of wolves, 124. Our recapture,
CHAP. XII. -- My sad condition
before Whitfield, 131. My terrible punishment, 132. Incidents of a former attempt to escape, 134.
Jack at a farm house, 136. Six pigs and a turkey, 138. Our surprise and arrest, 139.
CHAP. XIII. -- I am sold to gamblers,
143. They try to purchase my family, 145. Our parting scene, 147. My good usage, 149. I am
sold to an Indian, 150. His confidence in my integrity manifested, 151.
CHAP. XIV. -- Character of my
Indian Master, 152. Slavery among the Indians less cruel, 153. Indian carousal, ib. Enfeebled health of my Indian Master, 154. His death, ib. My escape, 155. Adventure in a
wigwam, 156. Successful progress toward liberty, 157.
CHAP. XV. -- Adventure on the
Prairie, 159. I borrow a horse without leave, 162. Rapid traveling one whole night, ib. Apology
for using other men's horses, 163. My manner of living on the road, 164.
CHAP. XVI. -- Stratagem to get on
board the steamer, 167. My Irish friends, 168. My success in reaching the Ohio, 169. Reflections
on again seeing Kentucky, ib. I get employment in a hotel, 170. My fright at seeing the gambler
who sold me, 171. I leave Ohio with Mr. Smith, 172. His letter, 173. My education,
CHAP. XVII. -- Letter from W. H.
Gatewood, 175. My reply, 176. My efforts as a public lecturer, 178. Singular incident in
Steubenville, 179. Meeting with a friend of Whitfield in Michigan, 181. Outrage on a canal
packet, 183. Fruitless efforts to find my wife, 186.
CHAP. XVIII. -- My last effort to
recover my family, 188. Sad tidings of my wife, 189. Her degradation, 190. I am compelled to
regard our relation as dissolved for ever, ib.
CHAP. XIX. -- Comments on S.
Gatewood's letter about slaves stealing, 193. Their conduct vindicated, 194. Comments on W.
Gatewood's letter, 196.
CHAP. XX. -- Review of my
narrative, 198. Licentiousness a prop of Slavery, 199. A case of mild slavery given, ib. Its
revolting features, 200. Times of my purchase and sale by professed Christians, 203. Concluding
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. 250