Runaway Slaves

Runaway Slaves : Rebels on the Plantation

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This is a precedent-breaking book on slave resistance and runaway slaves in the American South before the Civil War. The book's thesis is that slave resistance was much more prevalent and widespread than has usually been attributed, and, specifically, that slaves attempted to run away from their masters whenever they could. John Hope Franklin is the most distinguished African American historian in more

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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 816.46g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 halftones, 15 line drawings
  • 0195084497
  • 9780195084498

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they provide an amazing wealth of detail on the backgrounds and experiences of bondsmen and bondswomen who were so discontented with slavery, or at least with their particular experience of it, that they simply ran away./ John Shelton Read, the William Rand Kenan, Jr, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the TLS, 30/04/99show more

About John Hope Franklin

John Hope Franklin is James B. Duke Professor of History, Emeritus, at Duke University. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the author of numerous books, including the epic From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans, which boasts more than three million copies in print. Loren Schweninger is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, more

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In this book, John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger demonstrate that, contrary to popular belief, significant numbers of slaves did in fact frequently rebel against their masters and struggle to attain their freedom. By surveying a wealth of documents, such as planters' records, petitions to county courts and state legislatures, and local newspapers, this book shows how slaves resisted; when, where, and how they escaped; where they fled to; how long they remained in hiding; and how they survived away from the plantation. Of equal importance, it examines the reactions of the white slaveholding class, revealing how they marshaled considerable effort to prevent runaways, meted out severe punishments, and established patrols to hunt down escaped slaves. Reflecting a lifetime of thought by our leading authority in African American history, this book provides the key to truly understanding the relationship between slaveholders and the runaways who challenged the system - illuminating as never before the true nature of the South's "most peculiar institution."show more

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