The Rev. Samuel Harrison

Publisher: Crow Flies Press

This is a biography of Samuel Harrison who was born in Philadelphia in 1818 to enslaved parents. They were given their freedom when he was three years old. He grew up in NYC and Philadelphia, became a minister in the Congregational Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1850. The Rev. Samuel Harrison, Abolitionist, Activist, and Chaplain of the Massachusetts 54th, the First Black Regiment Raised in the North to fight in the Civil War highlights the unrecognized roles Blacks played in the events and outcome of the Civil War as well as the role the Black soldiers played in securing their own future, fighting with resolve, dedication, valor and dignity, while also standing up for their right to the same pay as the white soldiers. Their entry into the war in 1863 made victory for the Union a possibility and then a fact. Rev. Harrison spent his life tirelessly working for the rights and uplift of his people. As Robert F. Kennedy said in a speech at Cape Town University in South Africa in 1966 Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of these acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.   And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Samuel Harrison certainly deserves to be counted among the few whose greatness bent history itself. His story sends forth a ripple of hope and is a part of the sweep that will break down the walls of oppression and resistance.  

About Ann-Elizabeth Barnes of Egremont, MA

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes has been a storyteller since she was a child. She likes to put history in context so that it is simple to remember. And this is what she seeks to do – make history interesting and accessible.


Jana Laiz is the author of the triple award-winning novel, Weeping Under This Same Moon, Moonbeam Silver Medal Winner, The Twelfth Stone, Elephants of the Tsunami, the co-author of "A Free Woman On God's Earth, The True Story of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom" soon to be a feature film, Thomas & Autumn, Simon Says ~ Tails Told By The Red Lion Inn Ambassador and Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville & Eleanor. A former refugee resettlement counselor and ESL teacher, Jana believes that honoring diversity can change the world. She is passionate about our beautiful planet and endeavors to make a difference in the world through her writing. She is the very first Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville's beloved Arrowhead. Her new book, Blanket of Stars will be out summer 2019. She lives in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

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Binding EAN ISBN-10 Pub Date PAGES Language Size Price
Paperback 9780998313900 0998313904 2016-09-08 180 0.00 x 8.00 x 6.00 in $15.00

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The Rev. Samuel Harrison

The Rev. Samuel Harrison

by Barnes, Ann-Elizabeth

This is a biography of Samuel Harrison who was born in Philadelphia in 1818 to enslaved parents. They were given their freedom when he was three years old. He grew up in NYC and Philadelphia, became a minister in the Congregational Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1850. The Rev...

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