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Mr. and Mrs. Prince
Mr. and Mrs. Prince

Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend

  • ISBN: 978-0060510732
  • January 2008
  • January 2009 (paperback)
  • Amistad Books/HarperCollins

Merging grand storytelling with meticulously researched history, Mr. and Mrs. Prince provides a detailed history of not only a pre-Civil War African American family in New England but also the challenges that faced African Americans in the North versus the slaves in the South.

Both accomplished, given the period, Lucy Prince worked freely as an innkeeper and later went on to become the first published African American poet; Abijah Prince, her husband, was a veteran of the American Revolution and a resourceful and skilled entrepreneur. After they wed, they pursued what would become the cornerstone of the American Dream—having a family and owning property where they could live, grow, and prosper. However, after acquiring land in both Vermont and Massachusetts, they faced challenge upon challenge from those who sought to force them from their land. But instead of fleeing or giving up, they asserted their rights in court to fight for what was theirs, something they had done before and would do numerous times in the future.

Mr. and Mrs. Prince uncovers the lives of those who could have been forgotten.