Migrants Against Slavery: Virginians and the Nation / Edition 1

Migrants Against Slavery: Virginians and the Nation / Edition 1

by Philip J. Schwarz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813920086

ISBN-13: 9780813920085

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

A significant number of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Virginians migrated north and west with the intent of extricating themselves from a slave society. All sought some kind of freedom: whites who left the Old Dominion to escape from slavery refused to live any longer as slave owners or as participants in a society grounded in bondage; fugitive slaves

Overview

A significant number of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Virginians migrated north and west with the intent of extricating themselves from a slave society. All sought some kind of freedom: whites who left the Old Dominion to escape from slavery refused to live any longer as slave owners or as participants in a society grounded in bondage; fugitive slaves attempted to liberate themselves; free African Americans searched for greater opportunity.

In Migrants against Slavery Philip J. Schwarz suggests that antislavery migrant Virginians, both the famous—such as fugitive Anthony Burns and abolitionist Edward Coles—and the lesser known, deserve closer scrutiny. Their migration and its aftermath, he argues, intensified the national controversy over human bondage, playing a larger role than previous historians have realized in shaping American identity and in Americans' effort to define the meaning of freedom.

University of Virginia Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813920085
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Carter G. Woodson Institute Series in Black Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
List of Tablesx
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1The Virginia Fugitives' Experience18
2Fugitive Virginians and the Nation40
3The National Impact63
4George Boxley, "Not Found"85
5The Gilliams' Dilemma102
6The Gist Settlements in Ohio122
7The Newby Families in Virginia and Ohio149
"A More Free Land than Virginia"169
AppendixThe Will of Samuel Gist177
Notes181
Index239

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