Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America

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In 1827, James F. Brown ran away from his enslaver's plantation in Maryland. After emancipating himself and being forced to buy his freedom, Brown spent the remainder of his life as a gardener to the Verplanks, a wealthy family in Beacon, New York, located in the Hudson Valley. Two years after his escape and manumission, he began a diary which he kept until his death. In Freedom’s Gardener, Myra B. Young Armstead uses details of Brown’s diaries to construct the story about the transition from slavery to freedom.

Paperback: 219 pages
Dimensions: 6.13" W x 9.25" H

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