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New book!  Between Slavery and Freedom:  Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Price: $35, 180 pages;
ISBN-13 978-0742551145; Ebook ISBN 978-0742551152, $34.99 in The African American Series.

FEATURED BOOK-James Forten, Liberty’s Black Champion can be ordered or downloaded as a PDF Ebook from this site. Ebook for Kindle or Nook can be obtained by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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On March 6, 1842, Philadelphia witnessed a great coming together of its citizens.

Black and white, rich and poor, came out to pay their last respects to a remarkable man who had lived among them for almost all of his 75 years. That he was a man of color was a matter of pride to those in the African- American community  and for an hour or two at least, that fact ceased to matter to many of their white neighbors.

James Forten’s rags-to-riches life was about more than the quest for wealth.

He was a patriot who risked his life for the cause of Independence. He was also a tireless foe of slavery and an outspoken champion of civil rights. He would not live to see Emancipation, but he helped pave the way. His children and grandchildren would follow in his footsteps.

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Julie Winch is available for speaking engagements.

Contact her via mail at Julie Winch, Author - PO Box 1001 - Wells, ME 04090
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Julie Winch


  1. - Author

  2. - Researcher

  3. - Genealogist

  4. - Biographer

  5. - Teacher


Julie Winch is a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she specializes in the lives and genealogies of African-Americans and other ...


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