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Venture Smith's narrative
1798

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Venture Smith's narrative

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Near the end of the 18th century, former slave Venture Smith related his life story to Elisha Niles, a schoolteacher and veteran of the Revolutionary War. In 1798, it was published as A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America, Related by Himself.

Smith's narrative is a rare record of the life of a first generation African American during the colonial era.
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