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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.

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Schwarz argues that by migrating to states to the north and west of their native Virginia<-->especially to Ohio<-->to escape from the practice of slavery, both the well- known figures, such as fugitive Anthony Burns and the abolitionist Edward Coles, as well as lesser-known migrants had a substantial effect on the national controversy over slavery. Schwarz (history, Virginia Commonwealth U.) relates the experiences of the migrants in this carefully researched and compellingly presented study, the third volume he's written on slavery in Virginia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813920085
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Carter G. Woodson Institute Series in Black Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip J. Schwarz, Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the author of Twice Condemned: Slaves and the Criminal Laws of Virginia, 1705-1865 and Slave Laws in Virginia.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Virginia Fugitives' Experience 18
2 Fugitive Virginians and the Nation 40
3 The National Impact 63
4 George Boxley, "Not Found" 85
5 The Gilliams' Dilemma 102
6 The Gist Settlements in Ohio 122
7 The Newby Families in Virginia and Ohio 149
"A More Free Land than Virginia" 169
App The Will of Samuel Gist 177
Notes 181
Index 239
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