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Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk

William Dusinberre

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195326031
eISBN:
9780199868308
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326031.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This book examines both the social and the political history of slavery. James Polk — President of the United States from 1845 to 1849 — owned a Mississippi cotton plantation with about fifty slaves. ... More


Through the Blood‐Stained Gate: Violence, Birth, and the Imago Dei in Fugitive Slave Narratives

Dan McKanan

in Identifying the Image of God: Radical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145328
eISBN:
9780199834471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145321.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Traces the development of nonviolent theology in the fugitive slave narratives published by the abolitionist movement. The new genre of the “fugitive slave narrative” grew out of the creative ... More


The Fugitive Slave Problem, 1850 to 1864

Don E. Fehrenbacher and Ward M. McAfee

in The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government's Relations to Slavery

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195158052
eISBN:
9780199849475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158052.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The bill signed by President Millard Fillmore in 1850 was designated an amendment supplementary to the act of 1793. Essentially, it expanded federal power over the interstate rendition of fugitive ... More


Advertising Maranda: Runaway Slaves in Texas, 1835–1865

Kyle Ainsworth

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

Drawing from the exceptional stories of hundreds of Texas fugitive slaves, this chapter examines how runaways navigated the geography of slavery and freedom in that state in the antebellum period. It ... More


Flight (II) The Mississippi Plantation

WILLIAM DUSINBERRE

in Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195326031
eISBN:
9780199868308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326031.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

During a nineteen-year period after Beanland had finally been dismissed, more than half of the adult men at the plantation (at least thirteen out of 25 adult males) fled at least once. These ... More


After 1850: Reassessing the Impact of the Fugitive Slave Law

Matthew Pinsker

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter reexamines the legal and sometimes violent contest between antislavery and proslavery forces regarding enforcement of the federal fugitive slave code in the urban North. It argues that ... More


Seeking Freedom in the Midst of Slavery: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South

Damian Alan Pargas

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

Slave flight in the antebellum South did not always coincide with the political geography of freedom. Indeed, spaces and places within the U.S. South attracted the largest number of fugitive slaves. ... More


“Design His Course to Mexico”: The Fugitive Slave Experience in the Texas–Mexico Borderlands, 1850–1853

Mekala Audain

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

In the mid-1850s, Texas slaveholders estimated that some 4,000 fugitive slaves had escaped south to Mexico. This chapter broadly examines the process in which runaway slaves from Texas escaped to ... More


Fugitives and Soldiers

Margot Minardi

in Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195379372
eISBN:
9780199869152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how black Bay Staters in the 1850s strove to claim “manhood” and “citizenship” by representing themselves and their ancestors as agents in history. This endeavor was especially ... More


Controversy and Christiana

David G. Smith

in On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823240326
eISBN:
9780823240364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law politicized the fugitive slave issue on a national scale. With the sectional conflict increasing, and the fugitive slave issue at ... More


Revisiting “British Principle Talk”: Antebellum Black Expectations and Racism in Early Ontario

Gordon S. Barker

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the meaning of fugitive slave freedom in Canada West during the antebellum and Civil War era by examining the legal framework relating to slavery and race that emerged in what ... More


The Underground Railroad in “Indian Country”: Northwest Ohio, 1795–1843

Roy E. Finkenbine

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

From the establishment of the Greenville Treaty Line in 1795 to Wyandot removal in 1843, northwest Ohio constituted a “land apart” from the waves of white settlement that overwhelmed the eastern part ... More


Illegal but Tolerated: Slave Refugees in Richmond, Virginia, 1800–1860

Viola Franziska Müller

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

As antebellum Virginia became the main point of departure for the domestic slave trade and enslaved people increasingly ran the risk of being sold and deported to the Deep South, the free black ... More


“Arrest me, for I have run away”: Fugitive-Slave Hunting in the Roman Empire

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

in Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199737840
eISBN:
9780199928576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737840.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Like other slave-owning societies, Romans were extremely anxious about slaves illegally escaping their condition. This fear is evident in their laws and literature, and derived from Roman social ... More


The Fugitive Slave Issue on Trial

David G. Smith

in On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823240326
eISBN:
9780823240364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the attempt of antislavery activists to contest the fugitive slave issue legally in Pennsylvania's courts. If Pennsylvania judges could be induced to rule for fugitive slaves ... More


. The Workings of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law

R. J. M. Blackett

in Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469608778
eISBN:
9781469611792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469608778.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the impact of a series of fugitive slave cases in southeastern Pennsylvania in the wake of the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. It also explores the role of the area's ... More


South Central Pennsylvania, Fugitive Slaves, and the Underground Railroad

David G. Smith

in On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823240326
eISBN:
9780823240364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter goes into detail about the border environment, south central Pennsylvania's ties to the South, and the various communities which made it up. Early fugitive slave cases are discussed, as ... More


Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Damian Alan Pargas (ed.)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America examines and contrasts the experiences of various groups of African-American slaves who tried to escape bondage between the revolutionary era ... More


A Rush of Mighty Wind: 1850–1851

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195096392
eISBN:
9780199854288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096392.003.0018
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Harriet Beecher Stowe, a woman who disliked confrontations, who rode over unpleasantness with optimistic goodwill and turned aside anger with humor, found herself, as public opinion brewed over the ... More


Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery

R. J. M. Blackett

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469608778
eISBN:
9781469611792
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469608785_Blackett
Subject:
History, African-American History

The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, which mandated action to aid in the recovery of runaway slaves and denied fugitives legal rights if they were apprehended, quickly became a focal point in the debate over ... More


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