Emancipating New York

Emancipating New York

The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777-1827

eBook - 2006
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Louisiana State Univ Pr

An innovative blend of cultural and political history, Emancipating New York is the most complete study to date of the abolition of slavery in New York state. Focusing on public opinion, David N. Gellman shows New Yorkers engaged in vigorous debates and determined activism during the final decades of the eighteenth century as they grappled with the possibility of freeing the state's black population. The gradual emancipation that began in New York in 1799 helped move an entire region of the country toward a historically rare slaveless democracy, creating a wedge in the United States that would ultimately lead to the Civil War. Gellman's comprehensive examination of the reasons for and timing of New York's dismantling of slavery provides a fascinating narrative of a citizenry addressing longstanding injustices central to some of the greatest traumas of American history.



Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2006
ISBN: 9780807133682
080713368X
9780807134658
0807134651
9780807133682
9780807131749
0807131741
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 297 pages) : maps

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