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The Resource Freedom at risk : the kidnapping of free Blacks in America, 1780-1865, Carol Wilson

Freedom at risk : the kidnapping of free Blacks in America, 1780-1865, Carol Wilson

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Freedom at risk : the kidnapping of free Blacks in America, 1780-1865
Title
Freedom at risk
Title remainder
the kidnapping of free Blacks in America, 1780-1865
Statement of responsibility
Carol Wilson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Kidnapping was perhaps the greatest fear of free blacks in pre-Civil War America. Though they may have descended from generations of free-born people or worked to purchase their freedom, free blacks were not able to enjoy the privileges and opportunities of white Americans. They lived with the constant threat of kidnapping and enslavement, against which they had little recourse
  • Most kidnapped free blacks were forcibly abducted, but other methods, such as luring victims with job offers or falsely claiming free people as fugitive slaves, were used as well. Kidnapping of blacks was actually facilitated by numerous state laws, as well as the federal fugitive slave laws of 1793 and 1850. Greed motivated kidnappers, who were assured high profits on the sale of their victims. As the internal slave trade increased in the early nineteenth century, so did kidnapping
  • If greed provided the motivation for the crime, racism helped it to continue unabated. Victims usually found it extremely difficult to regain their freedom through a legal system that reflected society's racist views, perpetuated a racial double standard, and considered all blacks slaves until proven otherwise. Fortunate was the victim who received assistance, sometimes from government officials, most often from abolitionists
  • Frequently, however, the black community was forced to protect its own and organized to do so, sometimes by working within the law, sometimes by meeting violence with violence. Mining newspaper accounts, memoirs, slave narratives, court records, letters, abolition society minutes, and government documents, Carol Wilson has provided a needed addition to our picture of free black life in the United States
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DLC
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1962-
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Wilson, Carol
Dewey number
973/.0496073
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.18
LC item number
.W55 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • African Americans
  • Kidnapping
  • Kidnapping
  • African Americans
  • Slavery
Label
Freedom at risk : the kidnapping of free Blacks in America, 1780-1865, Carol Wilson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [121]-165) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. "From Their Free Homes into Bondage": The Abduction of Free Blacks into Slavery -- 2. "The Legitimate Offspring of Slavery": Kidnappers Who Operated within the Law -- 3. "Leave No Stone Unturned": Government Assistance to Free Blacks -- 4. "The Thought of Slavery Is Death to a Free Man": Abolitionist Response to Kidnapping -- 5. "An Almost Sleepless Vigilance": Black Resistance to Kidnapping
Control code
28711045
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
177 pages
Isbn
9780813118581
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93021012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1579354
Label
Freedom at risk : the kidnapping of free Blacks in America, 1780-1865, Carol Wilson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [121]-165) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. "From Their Free Homes into Bondage": The Abduction of Free Blacks into Slavery -- 2. "The Legitimate Offspring of Slavery": Kidnappers Who Operated within the Law -- 3. "Leave No Stone Unturned": Government Assistance to Free Blacks -- 4. "The Thought of Slavery Is Death to a Free Man": Abolitionist Response to Kidnapping -- 5. "An Almost Sleepless Vigilance": Black Resistance to Kidnapping
Control code
28711045
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
177 pages
Isbn
9780813118581
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93021012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1579354

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