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Jefferson's Muslim Fugitives: The Lost Story of Enslaved Africans, their Arabic Letters, and an American President

Jeffrey Einboden

Abstract

On October 3, 1807, Thomas Jefferson was contacted by an unknown traveler from the American frontier, who urgently requested a private “interview” with the President, promising to disclose “a matter of momentous importance”. By the next day, Jefferson held in his hands two astonishing manuscripts whose history has been lost for over two centuries. Authored by Muslims fleeing captivity in rural Kentucky, these documents delivered to the President in 1807 were penned by literate African slaves, and written entirely in Arabic. Jefferson’s Muslim Fugitives reveals the untold story of two escaped W ... More

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson, African Muslims, Arabic literacy, fugitive slaves, Islam & Early America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190844479
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844479.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Einboden, author
Professor of English, Northen Illinois University