Thirty Years a Slave From Bondage to Freedom: The Institution of Slavery as Seen on the Plantation and in the Home of the Planter: Autobiography of Louis Hughes by Louis HughesLouis Hughes was born a slave in Virginia and at age 12 was sold away from his mother, whom he never saw again. After a few interim owners, he was sold to a wealthy slaveowner who had a home near Memphis and plantation nearby in Mississippi. Hughes lived there as a house servant until near the end of the Civil War, when he escaped to the Union lines and then, in a daring adventure with the paid help of two Union soldiers, returned to the plantation for his wife. The couple made their way to Canada and after the war to Chicago and Detroit, eventually settling in Milwaukee. There Hughes became relatively comfortable as a hotel attendant and as an entrepreneur laundry operator. Self-educated and eloquent, Hughes wrote and privately published this memoir in 1897. It is a compelling account, by turns searing and compassionate about slavery, slaves, and slaveowners. No reader can be unmoved as Hughes tells about his five attempts to escape, about having to stand by helplessly while watching his wife whipped, of the joy of finally meeting again the brother whom he had not seen since they were little children in Virginia. Yet he also writes knowingly about the economics of slavery and the day-to-day business of the plantation, and the glass-house relationships between slaves and masters. Hughes died in Milwaukee in 1913.
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Louis Hughes, author and businessman, was born a slave in Virginia in Hughes remained in bondage over thirty years and spent most of that time in Tennessee. While still in slavery, Hughes secretly learned to read and write and later published a remarkable autobiography, Thirty Years a Slave. He not only relayed his experiences of slavery, escape, and freedom, but also pictured plantation and slave life in extraordinary detail. At age six, Hughes was separated from his mother forever when he was sold in a local Virginia slave market, an event that left an indelible mark on his life.
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Louis Hughes, b. Louis Hughes was born in on a plantation outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of a white man and a slave. He remained a slave until he escaped behind Union lines near the end of the Civil War. This chronological account details the daily lives of slaves and the hardships they suffered. At a young age, Hughes was separated from his mother and was traded among slave owners until he was purchased by Mr.
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Louis Hughes was born in to a white plantation owner and black slave in Charlottesville, Virginia. He tried multiple times to run away but failed. Hughes finally received liberation from slavery late in , after the war had already finished, when the Union occupation forces finally began to secure northern Panola County, Mississippi. At first, Hughes was compelled to flee himself to Memphis before returning to Mississippi in a dramatic confrontation with his former masters. View larger map.