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Slavery's Borderland

Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River


Συγγραφέας: Salafia Matthew
Εκδότης: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812245219
Σειρά βιβλίου: Early American Studies
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 328
Διαστάσεις: 23x3x15
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2013

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "Slavery's Borderland"

In 1787, the Northwest Ordinance made the Ohio River the dividing line between slavery and freedom in the West, yet in 1861, when the Civil War tore the nation apart, the region failed to split at this seam. In Slavery's Borderland, historian Matthew Salafia shows how the river was both a physical boundary and a unifying economic and cultural force that muddied the distinction between southern and northern forms of labor and politics. Countering the tendency to emphasize differences between slave and free states, Salafia argues that these systems of labor were not so much separated by a river as much as they evolved along a continuum shaped by life along a river. In this borderland region, where both free and enslaved residents regularly crossed the physical divide between Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, slavery and free labor shared as many similarities as differences. As the conflict between North and South intensified, regional commonality transcended political differences. Enslaved and free African Americans came to reject the legitimacy of the river border even as they were unable to escape its influence. In contrast, the majority of white residents on both sides remained firmly committed to maintaining the river border because they believed it best protected their freedom. Thus, when war broke out, Kentucky did not secede with the Confederacy; rather, the river became the seam that held the region together. By focusing on the Ohio River as an artery of commerce and movement, Salafia draws the northern and southern banks of the river into the same narrative and sheds light on constructions of labor, economy, and race on the eve of the Civil War.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Salafia Matthew
Κατηγορία: ιστορία
Σειρά βιβλίου: Early American Studies
ISBN: 9780812245219
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 03/05/2013
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 328
Τόπος έκδοσης: Pennsylvania
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 671 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 23x3x15 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 7 illus

Περιεχόμενα

Introduction: Listening to the River Chapter 1. Origins of the Border between Slavery and Freedom Chapter 2. Crossing the Line Chapter 3. Slaveholding Liberators Chapter 4. Steamboats and the Transformation of the Borderland Chapter 5. Politics of Unity and Difference Chapter 6. Fugitive Slaves and the Borderland Chapter 7. The Nature of Antislavery in the Borderland Chapter 8. The Borderland and the Civil War Notes Index Acknowledgments

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