The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery
Publication Year: 2013
Blackett highlights the lives of those who escaped, the impact of the fugitive slave cases, and the extent to which slaves planning to escape were aided by free blacks, fellow slaves, and outsiders who went south to entice them to escape. Using these stories of particular individuals, moments, and communities, Blackett shows how slave flight shaped national politics as the South witnessed slavery beginning to collapse and the North experienced a threat to its freedom.
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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...ran across William and Ellen Craft, former slaves who were enor-mously popular with British audiences. Following up their story, I discovered that they had escaped from slavery in Macon, Georgia, over the 1848 Christmas holidays. Ellen, who looked white, dressed in Pennsylvania, where they spent a few days before moving on to ...
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...that has risen to levels not seen since the 1890s, when the chil-dren of those involved in aiding slaves escape sought to preserve (and some would say glorify) the memory of their parents and the work they did in what was, by any measure, the most clandestine aspect of the antebellum abolitionist movement. The new history ...
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...“I find myself in a Position to address you a few lines and I hope that they may find you in as good health as I am myself in.” There that it was written by a slave to his master soon after he had es-caped. It is unusual in another way: the author clearly meant to thumb his nose at his master, to demonstrate his capacity for inde-...
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In August, as Congress put the finishing touches on the Fugitive Slave Law, which, in the eyes of the South, was the political fulcrum risburg, Pennsylvania, followed closely by their owners and slave catchers. Three of the eight, Samuel Wilson, George Brocks, and Billy, broke their journey in the city, while the others chose to move ...
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On April 14, 1860, almost one year to the day before the outbreak of the Civil War, Nathan James, a free black, and Alfred Savage, a pany office in Nashville, Tennessee, and arranged to have it shipped to Hannah Johnson—very likely a fictitious person—in Cincinnati, Ohio c/o Levi Coffin. A letter was also sent to Coffin telling him to ...
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In May 1858, William Connelly, a thirty-year-old former reporter for the Cincinnati Commercial announced that he would reveal the workings of the UGRR. It was a startling declaration, the sort of news opponents of the largely secret organization had been seek-could be the prelude to the dismantling of what many considered ...
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Page Count: 136
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era