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Commanding a vast historiography of slavery and emancipation, Aline Helg reveals as never before how significant numbers of enslaved Africans across the entire Western Hemisphere managed to free themselves hundreds of years before the formation of white-run abolitionist movements. Her sweeping view of resistance and struggle covers more than three centuries, from early colonization to the American and Haitian revolutions, Spanish American independence, and abolition in the British Caribbean. Helg not only underscores the agency of those who managed to become "free people of color" before abolitionism took hold but also assesses in detail the specific strategies they created and utilized.

While recognizing the powerful forces supporting slavery, Helg articulates four primary liberation strategies: flight and marronage; manumission by legal document; military service, for men, in exchange for promised emancipation; and revolt—along with a willingness to exploit any weakness in the domination system. Helg looks at such actions at both individual and community levels and in the context of national and international political movements. Bringing together the broad currents of liberal abolitionism with an original analysis of forms of manumission and marronage, Slave No More deepens our understanding of how enslaved men, women, and even children contributed to the slow demise of slavery.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. PART I: Settings and Eras
  1. Chapter 1: The Slave Trade and Slavery in the Americas: Transcontinental Trends
  2. pp. 17-40
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  1. PART II: From Conquest to the End of the Seven Years’ War (1501–1763)
  1. Chapter 2: Marronage: A Risky but Possible Path to Freedom
  2. pp. 43-63
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  1. Chapter 3: Self-Purchase and Military Service: Legal but Limited Paths to Emancipation
  2. pp. 64-81
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  1. Chapter 4: Conspiracy and Revolt: The Most Perilous Paths to Freedom
  2. pp. 82-110
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  1. PART III: The Age of Revolution and Independence (1763–1825)
  1. Chapter 5: Slaves as Actors on the Path to U.S. Independence
  2. pp. 113-139
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  1. Chapter 6: From the Slave Revolt in Saint Domingue to the Founding of the Black Nation of Haiti
  2. pp. 140-163
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  1. Chapter 7: The Shock Waves of the Haitian Revolution
  2. pp. 164-196
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  1. Chapter 8: The Wars of Independence in Continental Iberian America: New Opportunities for Liberation
  2. pp. 197-218
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  1. PART IV: Defending Slavery versus Abolitionism (1800–1838)
  1. Chapter 9: Marronage and the Purchase of Freedom: Old Strategies in New Times
  2. pp. 221-244
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  1. Chapter 10: Revolts and Abolitionism
  2. pp. 245-273
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 274-286
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 287-312
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 313-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-352
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469649658
Related ISBN
9781469649627
MARC Record
OCLC
1084757441
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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