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Frank J. Webb (1828–1894) was an African-American novelist, poet, and essayist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His novel, The Garies and Their Friends (1857), was the second novel by an African American to be published and the first to portray the daily lives of free blacks in the North.

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The book which now appears before the public may be of interest in relation to a question which the late agitation of the subject of slavery has raised in many thoughtful minds; viz.

Preface by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book which now appears before the public may be of interest in relation to a question which the late agitation of the subject of slavery has raised in many thoughtful minds; viz. Are the race at present held as slaves capable of freedom, self government, and progress? The author is a coloured young man, born and reared in the city of Philadelphia.

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Frank J. Webb introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr. In this novel set in antebellum America, the Garies-a white southerner, his mulatto slave-turned-wife, and their two children-have moved to Philadelphia from Georgia. Originally published in London in 1857, The Garies and Their Friends was the second novel published by an African American and the first to chronicle the experience of free blacks in the pre-Civil War northeast.

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The Garies and Their Friends was written in 1857 with a preface by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Frank Webb was a black man born in Philadelphia. Being one of the nearest free cities of any size to the slave territory, it was been a sanctuary for escaping fugitive or emancipated slaves. Mr. Garies was a slave-owning Southerner. His beloved wife was once a slave. They had two mixed-race children. To escape the racism of the South and the strict laws of Georgia prohibiting freedom for the children, the family moves to Philadelphia. They moved into a white neighborhood. Here they meet their remarkable "friends," including the middle-class and black Ellis family. They soon find out that Northern racism is different and equally dangerous. The wife next door is appalled by their new mixed-race neighbors, and her husband concocts a plot to rob the Garies of their wealth.
  • The first thing that strikes me is the year of publication. 1857. To have dealt with racism in the North, in the manner that Frank Webb does is startling. This is not a book about slavery. It is a novel centered in Philadelphia, PA in the 1850's. Frank Webb gives us a look at what life would have been like for free Blacks in the North. The Garies consist of a white man, his slave "wife" and their two children. They live openly as a couple in Georgia and apparently this is accepted and ok in 1857 GA. Hmmm? The wife desperately wants to escape the South and so they move to Philadelphia and experience all kinds of racist horror and discrimination.

    At times Mr. Webb seems to embrace white middle class values and culture, as the key to success for African-Americans and it feels like he is pursuing the thought of "if Blacks acted more like whites, they wouldn't have any problems." But there are other times that it is clear that one must be comfortable in their own skin and maintain a moral and ethical firmness. He uses various characters to let this all play out, especially the children since they can "pass" for white. As they grow up and have to make choices, the decisions are quite heart rendering and makes for a good novel.

    I think Mr. Webb walks a tightrope here, between acquiescing to racism and opposing the bigotry and discrimination of the day by displaying pride and comfort in one's own heritage. The fallout from this novel must have been hellish in 1857. By the end of the novel I believe most readers would see that balance was achieved, though it was not an easy task.

    I think this novel should be read and added to must reading lists for schools. It the second published novel by an African-American in this country. Will definitely provide some insight to what a free Black man was thinking in the North before emancipation.

  • This text seems to have been "lost" for years, but is an amazing story of race, slavery, the North, Philadelphia, the 1850s, and more! Unable to be published in America, the author had to publish it in England. Story and exposé; this text would make for a wonderful counter-text to _The Scarlet Letter_. Trust me!

  • I found this story of life in the 1800's regarding interracial relationships, the struggles faced by blacks, and the desire to 'pass' as white, to be riveting and hard to put down. Felt like going on a journey back in time. Very well written, thought provoking. Many issues from that time are still alive and well, unfortunately.

  • Present fictional yet seemingly historical account of racism in the U.S. in the late 1800s, from the black author's perspective. Flowery language at first, but when the action starts, it is fast and furious.

  • Actually, it is set up in such a curious form, that I gave up after a few pages. It's hard to describe, but the pages are more like those in a long text book. If I would have known this I never would have bought it!

  • Very interesting story written in the 1800s by a black man. Describes the impact on a family of mixed race marriage and the Philadelphia riots.

  • Love topic and history

  • Enjoyed this book.