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People/Characters: William Wells Brown

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Behind the Scenes: or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley
The Civitas Anthology Of African American Slave Narratives by William L. Andrews
Early Black American Writers: Selections With Biographical and Critical Introductions by Benjamin Brawley
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
Harriet Jacobs: A Life by Jean Fagan Yellin
William Wells Brown: An African American Life by Ezra Greenspan

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William Wells Brown (circa 1814 – November 6, 1884) was a prominent African-American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian in the United States. Born into slavery in Montgomery County, Kentucky, near the town of Mount Sterling, Brown escaped to Ohio in 1834 at the age of 20. He settled in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked for abolitionist causes and became a prolific writer. While working for abolition, Brown also supported causes including: temperance, women's suffrage, pacifism, prison reform, and an anti-tobacco movement. His novel Clotel (1853), considered the first novel written by an African American, was published in London, England, where he resided at the time; it was later published in the United States.

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