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Shane White creatively uses a remarkable array of primary sources--census data, tax lists, city directories, diaries, newspapers and magazines, and courtroom testimony--to reconstruct the content and context of the slave's world in New York and its environs during the revolutionary and early republic periods. White explores, among many things, the demography of slavery, the decline of the institution during and after the Revolution, racial attitudes, acculturation, and free blacks' "creative adaptation to an often hostile world."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Maps and Figures
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. A Note to the Reader
  2. pp. xxv-xxix
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  1. Part One: Whites
  2. pp. 1-75
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  1. 1. Slavery in New York City
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. 2. The Decline of Slavery in New York City, 1790–1810
  2. pp. 24-55
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  1. 3. Impious Prayers
  2. pp. 56-75
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  1. Part Two: Blacks
  2. p. 77
  1. 4. A Mild Slavery?
  2. pp. 79-113
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  1. 5. Running Away
  2. pp. 114-149
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  1. 6. Free Blacks
  2. pp. 150-184
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  1. 7. A Question of Style
  2. pp. 185-206
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 207-209
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-269
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-278
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