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Book List:Basic QuakerismCorporate Discernment
A Black Quaker's "voice From Within The Veil"
BY PAUL CUFFE, EDITED BY ROSALIND WIGGINS
Paul cuffe was one of the few black Quakers of his day. Editor Rosalind Wiggins has collected this remarkable man's correspondence and ship's logs. She presents original manuscripts that tell the story of Cuffe's efforts to undercut the slave trade by forming a trading cooperative in Sierra Leone, thus linking the United States, England, and small West African nations. Wiggins shows the obstacles Cuffe faced: the War of 1812, a trade embargo, the network of African American organizations that provided him with help; and his concern for education within the black community.
Howard University Press 1996 528 PP. Cloth
WHO WAS PAUL CUFFE?- Lamont Thomas from his address at the New Bedford Historical Society in 2009-
(Full text here http://www.nbhistoricalsociety.org/Cuffe_print_2.pdf)
Paul Cuffe was a Black, a free Black, an African, a free African, a Negro, a free Negro, a free person of color, an Indian, a native American, a Wompanoag-Pequot Native, a Black Indian, a British American, an American.
He was a Christian, a Friend, a Quaker, a Puritan, God-fearing, a proselytizer, Missionary, Civilizer, Farmer, Shipbuilder, Commercial Trader, an Entrepreneur, Industrialist, a Merchant, Sailor, Whaler, Shipmaster, Captain, Fisherman, Navigator, Neighbor, a Family Nan, a Son, a Father, a Husband, a Brother, an Uncle.
He was rebellious, fearless, timid, a dreamer, pragmatic, inconsistent, a protestor, petitioner, a one-man civil rights movement, an advocate, sagacious, accommodating, inflexible, conciliating, a conformist, naive, a pawn, tribalistic, a separatist, clannish, provincial, a role model, an embarrassment, bad, a profiteer, a capitalist, thrifty, a Yankee, a social climber, a name dropper, a shmoozer, a salesman, a diplomat, a Federalist, an Anglophile, an humanitarian, a philanthropist.
He was large. He was multitudes. He was Paul Cuffe.
From the same document- Marion Kilson says:
Born to a self-emancipated African father and a Wampanoag mother on Cuttyhunk Island in 1759, Paul Cuffe lived most of his life on land in the village of Westport, Massachusetts. In his youth when he appealed to the Massachusetts legislature for voting rights as a tax payer, he claimed his Indian heritage; in later life he emphasized his African identity. Paul Cuffes contemporaries described him as a man of noble personal appearance, tall, portly, and dignified in his bearing.
At the time of his death in 1817, Paul Cuffe probably was the most famous African American on both sides of the Atlantic. Cuffes fame derived from his prowess as a merchant mariner, his entrepreneurial enterprises on land, and his philanthropy at home and abroad. He was a man of extraordinary personal and social courage, a life-long risk-taker, a resourceful and resolute entrepreneur, a skillful and indefatigable networker, the patriarch of an extended family, and an exponent of the Quaker virtues of honesty, thrift, truthfulness, fulfillment of promises, and hard work.
Posted by QuakerBooks on July 30, 2009 4:14 PM
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