The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves (2020)

The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves Andrew Levy The First Emancipator The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves Robert Carter III the grandson of Tidewater legend Robert King Carter was born into the highest circles of Virginia s Colonial aristocracy He was neighbor and kin to the Washingtons and Lees and a f
  • Title: The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves
  • Author: Andrew Levy
  • ISBN: 9780375508653
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves Andrew Levy Robert Carter III, the grandson of Tidewater legend Robert King Carter, was born into the highest circles of Virginia s Colonial aristocracy He was neighbor and kin to the Washingtons and Lees and a friend and peer to Thomas Jefferson and George Mason But on September 5, 1791, Carter severed his ties with this glamorous elite at the stroke of a pen In a document he caRobert Carter III, the grandson of Tidewater legend Robert King Carter, was born into the highest circles of Virginia s Colonial aristocracy He was neighbor and kin to the Washingtons and Lees and a friend and peer to Thomas Jefferson and George Mason But on September 5, 1791, Carter severed his ties with this glamorous elite at the stroke of a pen In a document he called his Deed of Gift, Carter declared his intent to set free nearly five hundred slaves in the largest single act of liberation in the history of American slavery before the Emancipation Proclamation.How did Carter succeed in the very action that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson claimed they fervently desired but were powerless to effect And why has his name all but vanished from the annals of American history In this haunting, brilliantly original work, Andrew Levy traces the confluence of circumstance, conviction, war, and passion that led to Carter s extraordinary act.At the dawn of the Revolutionary War, Carter was one of the wealthiest men in America, the owner of tens of thousands of acres of land, factories, ironworks and hundreds of slaves But incrementally, almost unconsciously, Carter grew to feel that what he possessed was not truly his In an era of empty Anglican piety, Carter experienced a feverish religious visionthat impelled him to help build a church where blacks and whites were equals In an age of publicly sanctioned sadism against blacks, he defied convention and extended new protections and privileges to his slaves As the war ended and his fortunes declined, Carter dedicated himself even fiercely to liberty, clashing repeatedly with his neighbors, his friends, government officials, and, most poignantly, his own family.But Carter was not the only humane master, nor the sole partisan of freedom, in that freedom loving age Why did this troubled, spiritually torn man dare to do what far visionary slave owners only dreamed of In answering this question, Andrew Levy teases out the very texture of Carter s life and soul the unspoken passions that divided him from others of his class, and the religious conversion that enabled him to see his black slaves in a new light.Drawing on years of painstaking research, written with grace and fire, The First Emancipator is a portrait of an unsung hero who has finally won his place in American history It is an astonishing, challenging, and ultimately inspiring book.From the Hardcover edition.
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  1. Lori

    Laborious reading, though not altogether unprofitable or uninteresting But, if there is legal action that can be levied for the use of run on sentences, I d consider filing suit against Levy The first four chapters are primarily about Carter s spiritual evolution and the political climate in Virginia around the time of the Revolution But the best parts, by far, were the last two chapters in which Levy told how Carters slaves were freed, and then discusses the reasons why Robert Carter is virtual [...]

  2. Harry Lane

    An important, highly detailed look at a life almost forgotten by history Robert Carter was a peer of Virginia s aristocrats, but richer than most His eccentricities and social ineptitude separated him from them even before his religious experience His actions toward his slaves indicated that he saw them as individual human beings from the first, an attitude that was strongly reinforced upon his conversion to the Baptist faith In time, this led to his freeing his slaves a most radical action for [...]

  3. Stephen

    Interesting subject matter, but a little heavy going Feels like it s repeating itself and trying to eek out whatever historical material is available to hit a page number target.

  4. Lori Zavada

    I know how hard writing can be and especially when writing a book no less a history book Therefore, I give this book and author 3 stars Levy packs the book with details and people on a topic that appears to not have been delved into in past years Carter s story is interesting for sure However, I wasn t completely sure he was a martyr I think if you read this book, you have to put yourself in the mindset of his time Even so, I struggle with the notion that a slave of any sort, during any time, is [...]

  5. Hunter McCleary

    Someone should write a revision of Profiles in Courage It would include people such as Giordano Bruno, Champlain, Kepler, Humbolt, Roger Williams, Newton Knight and Robert Carter III There people were so far ahead of their times and yet put the lie to anyone who says you need to put their times in context when interpreting them Levy writes a thought provoking albeit a bit too detailed at times account of a most remarkable man.

  6. Glenn Robinson

    An untold story of an American Hero One of the wealthiest Americans who frees his slaves in 1793 and walks away from the plantation life If one were to believe today s Social Media, all Whites before 1861 owned slaves, which certainly was never the case Robert Carter took the ideas of the American Revolution to heart and made the decision to free close to 450 slaves and then moved from Virginia to Balti.Should all signs of slave owners from the past removed as many on Social Media desire and dem [...]

  7. Mary Simonsen

    The First Emancipator introduces us to an individual that few, even those who have an interest in the era, would know A cousin of Carter Burwell, another grandson of Robert King Carter, owner of the magnificent Carter s Grove near Hampton Roads, Virginia, Robert Carter owned tens of thousands of acres of fields and woods, multiple houses, and numerous mills and forges in Virginia and Balti, all of which were manned by African slaves Although many of the founding fathers were troubled by institut [...]

  8. Shaunnatonelli

    I truly enjoyed this book It s conversational and presents Robert Carter III through his own writings and through the eyes of those around him, from their writings The author did a great job relating his views contextually both in the moments leading to our nations birth and in other historical events surrounding the establishment of the United States.The only thing I didn t like was the way the book was organized The author did quite a bit of skipping forward and backward in time, which was a l [...]

  9. Yvonne

    This book is not without merit I did learn some things I did not know The title however is misleading as Robert Carter was not the first person to emancipate his slaves, neither was he a founding father in the sense that he participated in the continental congress or the constitutional convention He was a wealthy land owner and master of a large number of slaves He was self educated As some of his contemporaries pointed out self education did not make him knowledgeable except in a few things The [...]

  10. Annie Oosterwyk

    I was hoping to discover a forgotten hero of American history There s a reason he s forgotten, he s not that interesting Robert Carter did free slaves than anyone in American history, but he seemed to be uncomfortable about it and wanted no credit He had the reputation of treating his slaves kindly and tried to keep them together in family units.His own family 17 children died before him or were incredibly disappointing to him and he used his wife up until she was bedridden.He spent much of his [...]

  11. Linda

    The book is a little dense and repetitive There isn t a great deal of information on Carter available as the author admits, so he repeats a lot But the story is interesting and if you can handle a somewhat boring book, you can learn about Carter s Deed of Gift whereby he freed all 500 of his slaves in 1791 This was while he was still alive He didn t free them in his will The real story, obviously, is how and why he dared to do something that Jefferson and Washington talked about but didn t do.

  12. Melanie

    Long story short, this is definitely a history book It was givben to me by a friend who s also a Butler professor and friend of the author That being said, I learned something and it was interesting enough My husband just started reading it and he s a history teacher and is enjoying it quite a bit It s just not enthralling and realtively easy to set aside for a bit.

  13. Jerry Landry

    Fascinating insight into a character that has been largely forgotten by the annals of history Levy does a fantastic job not only of tracing Carter s life and placing it in a historical context but also of postulating reasons as to why Carter s story has been obscured and forgotten Excellent research, excellent narrative, kept me interested until the last page.

  14. Amber

    A very eccentric character, though must interesting people are I m left perplexed about his feelings of slavery Yes, he freed his slaves, eventually, but he did so from economic reasons really.

  15. Steven Shane

    An opening to see into the space between founding fathers A character whose nontraditional values are still presented vividly Levy also makes an important context to current economic and political elite Bonus, beautiful description of Swedenborgian heaven.

  16. Moochie

    I had a strong sense of deja vu when I read this one Had I somehow read it before Perhaps in another life Or was it just another subtitle Anyway, it was good, but better in hardback.

  17. Moochie

    I found this book very compelling But the author failed to mention how brilliant all of Robert Carter s descendants are well, except one and you know who you are yeah, I m talking about you.

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