Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

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by Scott Christianson
     
 

Freeing Charles recounts the life and epic rescue of captured fugitive slave Charles Nalle of Culpeper, Virginia, who was forcibly liberated by Harriet Tubman and others in Troy, New York, on April 27, 1860. Scott Christianson follows Nalle from his enslavement by the Hansborough family in Virginia through his escape by the Underground Railroad and his experiences

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Freeing Charles recounts the life and epic rescue of captured fugitive slave Charles Nalle of Culpeper, Virginia, who was forcibly liberated by Harriet Tubman and others in Troy, New York, on April 27, 1860. Scott Christianson follows Nalle from his enslavement by the Hansborough family in Virginia through his escape by the Underground Railroad and his experiences in the North on the eve of the Civil War. This engaging narrative represents the first in-depth historical study of this crucial incident, one of the fiercest anti-slavery riots after Harpers Ferry. Christianson also presents a richly detailed look at slavery culture in antebellum Virginia and probes the deepest political and psychological aspects of this epic tale. His account underscores fundamental questions about racial inequality, the rule of law, civil disobedience, and violent resistance to slavery in the antebellum North and South.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076886
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/10/2010
Series:
New Black Studies Series Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,428,603
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Genesis 7

2 Revelation 14

3 Master and Slave Relations 23

4 The Shakeup 34

5 Making the Break 44

6 The Escape 52

7 Still in Philadelphia 59

8 Farmed Out 66

9 Family Pays a Heavy Price 73

10 Meteors 78

11 Hooking Up 88

12 Caught 96

13 Busting Out 104

14 Rescue 115

15 Aftermath 123

16 The War Hits Home in Culpeper, 1861-65 127

17 Moving On 133

18 The Search for Charles Nalle 137

Appendix 153

Notes 157

Index 205

Illustrations follow page 72

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