Horrors of Slavery, or, The American Tars in Tripoli

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Acknowledgments

I wish to thank the American Antiquarian Society, particularly Joanne Chaison and Caroline Sloat; Sandy Stelts of the Penn State Special Collections Library, who secured a copy of William Ray’s Poems for me; and the Library Company of Philadelphia, where I first read Horrors of Slavery. Brad Verter invited me to propose an edition of a Barbary captivity narrative, and I am grateful for his guidance in the early stages of this project. I thank Kendra Boileau as well for her initial help with the edition. I also owe thanks to my fellow speakers on a panel addressing piracy at the 2006 American Historical Association Conference: Gillian Weiss, Larry Peskin, and especially Isaac Land, the panel’s organizer; this edition is the indirect result of that panel. Samantha Guss transcribed Horrors of Slavery in its entirety, and I am lucky to have had her invaluable assistance. The English Department at Penn State University provided research support to make this edition possible, and I thank my terrific colleagues and students.

I am very grateful to Leslie Mitchner for her expertise and insight, and thank Rutgers University Press for its willingness to publish noncanonical works of literature.

I am most thankful, as ever, to my daughter Adelaide and to Jonathan Eburne, whose own occasional rhymes have all of William Ray’s wit and none of his venom.

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