Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The legacy of slave essayist and poet George Moses Horton
A lost essay, in cursive penmanship,Jenn found in the New York Public Library, called “Individual Influence”, by a former slave, George Moses Horton, back in 1817, is said to predict today’s debate on free speech on campus. The poet had worked on a plantation near Chapel Hill, NC. site of today’s UNC.
Jennifer Schuessler presents the material in the New York Times, although the manuscript handwriting is very hard to read.
The piece is said to be a 500-word sermon.
One of his most important poems is “Of Liberty and Slavery”.