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Slave And Freeman

Slave And Freeman: The Autobiography of George L. Knox

Edited with an Introduction by WILLARD B. GATEWOOD
Copyright Date: 1979
Pages: 256
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    Slave And Freeman
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    Born in Tennessee in 1841, George L. Knox survived slavery and service with both Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War and afterward made his way north to find a chilly reception in Indiana. His autobiography covers the first 44 years of his life and tells how he persevered against threats, harassment, and physical intimidation to become a leading citizen of Indianapolis and an important figure of the Republican Party.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6150-1
    Subjects: History, Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-viii)
    W. B. G.
    (pp. 1-40)

    At the age of fifty-four george l. knox, the preeminent black citizen of Indiana, decided to publish his autobiography. For a year beginning in December 1894, virtually every issue of his weekly newspaper, theIndianapolis Freeman,included one or more chapters of his “Life as I Remember It—As a Slave and Freeman.” Although Knox indicated that the account of his life would appear in book form shortly after its serialization in theFreeman,no such volume was published. He may have been discouraged by the unflattering references to the account, which appeared in a few black journals,¹ but he...

  5. PART ONE From Slavery to Freedom: TENNESSEE, 1841-1864
    (pp. 41-70)

    My father’s name was charles knox and my mother’s Nancy Fisher. They were married about 1838. Although my mother was born free, when my grandmother died, she was sold into slavery. No one had the courage to take up her cause, so she remained in slavery entailing the curse upon her children. My father had always been a slave. There were three children, the oldest a girl named Huldah,¹ and two boys, Charles² and George L., myself. I was born Sept[ember] 16, 1841. I retain but a faint recollection of my mother, my father dying about two years and a...

  6. PART TWO Citizen of Indiana: SMALL-TOWN BARBER AND POLITICIAN, 1864-1884
    (pp. 71-130)

    In company with my command, i had reached louisville, with signs of trouble ahead of us. Well we were marched on down the street and made a turn towards the quarters. The Major had not overtaken us yet, so we went in and found the general there. He said, “do you remember what Adjutant Smith was talking about?” I said, “yes sir.” He interrogated us as to how we left home. I told him our masters had gone to the rebel army and wanted to take us, but we did not want to go and ran off. So he passed...

  7. PART THREE Foremost Black Citizen of Indiana: INDIANAPOLIS, 1884-1894
    (pp. 131-196)

    In 1884 in a conversation with mr. messick, a member of the firm of Messick, Cones & Co., Indianapolis, Ind., I expressed a desire to open a business in that city, and requested him that if he saw an opening at any time to apprise me. He shortly afterwards apprised me of an opening on Meridian Street, between Washington and Pearl streets. This was in the month of February, 1884.

    On the day of the unveiling of Governor Morton’s monument,¹ I suggested to my wife that I go to Indianapolis as I had received information of a good location there...

  8. NOTES
    (pp. 197-236)
    (pp. 237-240)
  10. INDEX
    (pp. 241-247)