The Waterman's Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina / Edition 1

The Waterman's Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina / Edition 1

by David S. Cecelski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807849723

ISBN-13: 9780807849729

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The first major study of slavery in the maritime South, The Waterman's Song chronicles the world of slave and free black fishermen, pilots, rivermen, sailors, ferrymen, and other laborers who, from the colonial era through Reconstruction, plied the vast inland waters of North Carolina from the Outer Banks to the upper reaches of tidewater rivers.

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The first major study of slavery in the maritime South, The Waterman's Song chronicles the world of slave and free black fishermen, pilots, rivermen, sailors, ferrymen, and other laborers who, from the colonial era through Reconstruction, plied the vast inland waters of North Carolina from the Outer Banks to the upper reaches of tidewater rivers. Demonstrating the vitality and significance of this local African American maritime culture, David Cecelski also reveals its connections to the Afro-Caribbean, the relatively egalitarian work culture of seafaring men who visited nearby ports, and the revolutionary political tides that coursed throughout the black Atlantic.

Black maritime laborers played an essential role in local abolitionist activity, slave insurrections, and other antislavery activism. They also boatlifted thousands of slaves to freedom during the Civil War. But most important, Cecelski says, they carried an insurgent, democratic vision born in the maritime districts of the slave South into the political maelstrom of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849729
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,073,202
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Waterman's Song
Prologue3
1As Far as a Colored Man Can There Be Free: A Slave Waterman's Life25
2Common as Gar Broth: Slave Fishermen from Tidewater Plantations to the Outer Banks57
3Like Sailors at Sea: Slaves and Free Blacks in the Shad, Rockfish, and Herring Fishery83
4A March Down into the Water: Canal Building and Maritime Slave Labor103
5All of Them Abolitionists: Black Watermen and the Maritime Passage to Freedom121
6The Best and Most Trustworthy Pilots: Slave Watermen in Civil War Beaufort153
7A Radical and Jacobinical Spirit: Abraham Galloway and the Struggle for Freedom in the Maritime South179
Afterword: The Last Daughter of Davis Ridge203
Glossary of North Carolina Watercraft, 1790-1865213
Notes221
Acknowledgments287
Index289

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