Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865

Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865 : A History of Human Bondage in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

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Although the passing of the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 banned African American slavery in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, making the new territory officially "free," slavery in fact persisted in the region through the end of the Civil War. Slaves accompanied presidential appointees serving as soldiers or federal officials in the Upper Mississippi, worked in federally supported mines, and openly accompanied southern travelers. Entrepreneurs from the East Coast started pro-slavery riverfront communities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota to woo vacationing slaveholders. Midwestern slaves joined their southern counterparts in suffering family separations, beatings, auctions, and other indignities that accompanied status as chattel. This revealing work explores all facets of the "peculiar institution" in this peculiar location and its impact on the social and political development of the United States.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 2.54mm | 294.83g
  • McFarland & Co Inc
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • 0786458720
  • 9780786458721

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"comprehensive...intriguing...refreshing...recommended"--Choice; "an excellent and quite original book."--Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning historianshow more

About Christopher P. Lehman

Christopher P. Lehman is a professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and the author of three books about American popular culture.show more

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