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An innovative blend of cultural and political history, Emancipating New York is the most complete study to date of the abolition of slavery in New York state. Focusing on public opinion, David N. Gellman shows New Yorkers engaged in vigorous debates and determined activism during the final decades of the eighteenth century as they grappled with the possibility of freeing the state's black population. The gradual emancipation that began in New York in 1799 helped move an entire region of the country toward a historically rare slaveless democracy, creating a wedge in the United States that would ultimately lead to the Civil War. Gellman's comprehensive examination of the reasons for and timing of New York's dismantling of slavery provides a fascinating narrative of a citizenry addressing longstanding injustices central to some of the greatest traumas of American history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. I. NO EXIT
  1. 1. Labor, Law, and Resistance in the Eighteenth Century
  2. pp. 15-25
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  1. 2. Unfished Revolutions
  2. pp. 26-42
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  1. II. INDENTITIES
  1. 3. 1785: The Road Not Taken
  2. pp. 45-55
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  1. 4. Containing Slavery: The Manumission Society and the Law, 1785–92
  2. pp. 56-77
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  1. 5. Pirates, Sugar, Debtors, and Federalists: The Paradoxes of Antislavery Political Economy
  2. pp. 78-101
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  1. 6. Race, Citizenship, Sentiment, and the Construction of an Antislavery Public Sphere
  2. pp. 102-129
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  1. 7. Slavery and the Politics of Upheaval: The 1790s
  2. pp. 130-151
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  1. 8. Ambiguous Victory: Gradual Abolition Becomes Law
  2. pp. 153-186
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  1. III. REFLECTIONS
  1. 9. Freedom, Slavery, Memory, and Modernity, 1800–27
  2. pp. 189-219
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  1. Epilogue: Inescapable
  2. pp. 220-223
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-297
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780807134658
Related ISBN
9780807133682
MARC Record
OCLC
471131912
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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