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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Public Domain History Project: Translate Diary of Badin

Three years ago, a friend told me about a peculiar Swedish man who was born in the mid 1700's named Badin. What made him particularly interesting was that he had black skin and was not a slave. He was a member of the Royal Court and a noble. Since then, I have scrounged the internet—and beyond—to learn more about this man.

Having obtained his diary from the University of Uppsala in Sweden, I knew I was obliged to find—or create—an English language translation. A few Swedes and Americans have embarked on projects to chronicle some aspect of Badin's life. I want to build on what they have done, but I need your help.

Please take a few minutes to view the video and consider donating anything from $5 to $1000 before April 21st. Supporting this project will make a professional English language translation available for all on the internet at no charge. I will take no profit whatsoever for this project.

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