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Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date January 1, 1868
Pages 180
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781466247482
ISBN-10 1466247487
Dimensions 0.25 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $22.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: I HAVE often been asked to write my life, as those who know me know that it has been an eventful one. At last I have acceded to the importunities of my friends, and have hastily sketched some of the striking incidents that go to make up my history. My life, so full of romance, may sound like a dream to the matter-of-fact reader, nevertheless everything I have written is strictly true; much has been omitted, but nothing has been exaggerated. In writing as I have done, I am well aware that I have invited criticism; but before the critic judges harshly, let my explanation be carefully read and weighed. If I have portrayed the dark side of slavery, I also have painted the bright side. The good that I have said of human servitude should be thrown into the scales with the evil that I have said of it. I have kind, true-hearted friends in the South as well as in the North, and I would not wound those Southern friends by sweeping condemnation, simply because I was once a slave. They were not so much responsible for the curse under which I was born, as the God of nature and the fathers who framed the Constitution for the United States. The law descended to them, and it was but natural that they should recognize it, since it manifestly was their interest to do so. And yet a wrong was inflicted upon me; a cruel custom deprived me of my liberty, and since I was robbed of my dearest right, I would not have been human had I not rebelled against the robbery. God rules the Universe. I was a feeble instrument in His hands, and through me and the enslaved millions of my race, one of the problems was solved that belongs to the great problem of human destiny; and the solution was developed so gradually that there was no great convulsion of the harmonies of natural laws. A solemn truth was thrown to the surface, and what is better still, it was recognized as a truth by those who give force to moral laws. An act may be wrong, but unless the ruling power recognizes the wrong, it is useless to hope for a correction of it. Principles may be right, but they are not established within an hour. The masses are slow to reason, and each principle, to acquire moral force, must come to us from the fire of the crucible; the fire may inflict unjust punishment, but then it purifies and renders stronger the principle, not in itself, but in the eyes of those who arrogate judgment to themselves. When the war of the Revolution established the independence of the American colonies, an evil was perpetuated, slavery was more firmly established; and since the evil had been planted, it must pass through certain stages before it could be eradicated. In fact, we give but little thought to the plant of evil until it grows to such monstrous proportions that it overshadows important interests; then the efforts to destroy it become earnest. As one of the victims of slavery I drank of the bitter water; but then, since destiny willed it so, and since I aided in bringing a solemn truth to the surface as a truth, perhaps I have no right to complain. Here, as in all things pertaining to life, I can afford to be charitable.

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Hardcover
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from Cosimo Inc (November 30, 2009); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9781605209302 | details & prices | 156 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $29.99
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from Indypublish.Com (August 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781437838671 | details & prices | 160 pages | List price $95.99
from Kessinger Pub Co (June 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9780548962602 | details & prices | 366 pages | List price $48.95
from Scholarly Pub Office Univ of (January 31, 2001); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781418114732 | details & prices | 384 pages | List price $39.95
from Oxford Univ Pr on Demand (April 14, 1988)
9780195052596 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $150.00
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Paperback
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from Univ of North Carolina Pr (September 1, 2011); titled "Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9780807869635 | details & prices | 164 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $26.95
from Createspace Independent Pub (April 27, 2011); titled "Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781461059738 | details & prices | 118 pages | 7.75 × 9.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.99
from Cosimo Inc (May 31, 2009); titled "Behind the Scenes Or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9781605204239 | details & prices | 156 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $7.99
from Echo Library (December 31, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781406875775 | details & prices | 123 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $9.90
from Dodo Pr (October 15, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9781409907510 | details & prices | 162 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.99
from Indypublish.Com (August 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781437838473 | details & prices | 160 pages | List price $89.99
About: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.
from Diggory Pr (April 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781847780614 | details & prices | 108 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $9.99
from Kessinger Pub Co (October 30, 2007); titled "Behind The Scenes, Or Thirty Years A Slave And Four Years In The White House"
9780548638033 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $33.95
from Scholarly Pub Office Univ of (September 30, 2006); titled "Behind the Scenes. Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House."
9781425539719 | details & prices | 380 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $26.99
With William L. Andrews | from Penguin Classics (July 26, 2005); titled "Behind The Scenes: Or, Thirty Years A Slave, And Four Years in the White House"
9780143039242 | details & prices | 168 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.34 lbs | List price $14.00
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With James Olney (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Oxford Univ Pr on Demand (December 14, 1989); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9780195060843 | details & prices | 4.50 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $24.99
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from Createspace Independent Pub (January 1, 1868); titled "Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781466247482 | details & prices | 180 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $22.95
About: I HAVE often been asked to write my life, as those who know me know that it has been an eventful one.

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