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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
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|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|