Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley - by Daniel L Schafer (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.0 Inches (H) x 6.0 Inches (W) x .55 Inches (D)
Weight: .79 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Theme: African American & Black
Format: Paperback
Author: Daniel L Schafer
Language: English
Street Date: April 3, 2018
TCIN: 81472678
UPC: 9780813056531
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-1271
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

Anna Kingsley's life story adds a dramatic chapter to histories of the South, the state of Florida, and the African Diaspora. Both an American slave and a slaveowner and possibly an African princess. Anna was captured as a teenager in Senegal in 1806 and sold into slavery. Zephaniah Kingsley, Jr., a planter and slave trader from Spanish East Florida, bought her in Havana and took her to his St. Johns River plantation, where she soon became his household manager, his wife, and eventually the mother of four of his children.

Book Synopsis

Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Award

In this revised and expanded edition of Anna Kingsley's remarkable life story, Daniel Schafer draws on new discoveries to prove true the longstanding rumors that Anna Madgigine Jai was originally a princess from the royal family of Jolof in Senegal. Captured from her homeland in 1806, she became first an American slave, later a slaveowner, and eventually a central figure in a free black community. Anna Kingsley's story adds a dramatic chapter to the history of the South, the state of Florida, and the African diaspora.

Review Quotes

"A fascinating look at an extraordinary woman and the complexities of slavery beyond the common image of slavery in the South."--Booklist "Remarkable. . . . Put[s] a voice and face to slavery in Florida during Spanish and American rule."--American Historical Review "An absorbing account of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley, an African woman who was enslaved, forcibly transported to Florida, held in bondage, freed, and married to her white master; she bore several of his children and then rose to prominence as a slaveholder."--Journal of American History "Anna Kingsley's life spawned legends on both sides of the Atlantic, and Schafer seeks to prove one aspect of the legend, that Anna was the daughter of a noble Wolof family."--Journal of Southern History "Provides insight not only into the life of this remarkable woman but also into the race, class, and gender distinctions of her time."--Choice "An excellent biography. . . . The book is also [a] chronicle of the transatlantic slave trade and its impact in both Africa and the New World, a history of slavery in Florida, a story of free blacks and a free black community, and one part of the story of southern race relations prior to the Civil War."--Florida Historical Quarterly "A rich and thought-provoking history."--Southern Historian
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