Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley

by Michael E. Groth


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Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley by Michael E. Groth

Explores the long-neglected rural dimensions of northern slavery and emancipation in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley.

Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley focuses on the largely forgotten history of slavery in New York and the African American freedom struggle in the central Hudson Valley prior to the Civil War. Slaves were central actors in the drama that unfolded in the region during the Revolution, and they waged a long and bitter battle for freedom during the decades that followed. Slavery in the countryside was more oppressive than slavery in urban environments, and the agonizingly slow pace of abolition, constraints of rural poverty, and persistent racial hostility in the rural communities also presented formidable challenges to free black life in the central Hudson Valley.

Michael E. Groth explores how Dutchess County’s black residents overcame such obstacles to establish independent community institutions, engage in political activism, and fashion a vibrant racial consciousness in antebellum New York. By drawing attention to the African American experience in the rural Mid-Hudson Valley, this book provides new perspectives on slavery and emancipation in New York, black community formation, and the nature of black identity in the Early Republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438464565
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2017
Series: SUNY series, An American Region: Studies in the Hudson Valley Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 1,045,918
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael E. Groth is Professor of History at Wells College.

Table of Contents

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1. Slaves and Slavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley

2. Resistance and Revolution

3. The Ordeal of Emancipation

4. An Arduous Struggle: From Slavery to Freedom

5. Race and the Construction of a Free Community

6. Abolitionism, Protest, and Black Identity

7. Black Dutchess County at Midcentury


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