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Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (Cambridge Studies on the American South)

Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (Cambridge Studies on the American South)

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Damian Alan Pargas
Cambridge University Press, 3/12/2015
EAN 9781107031210, ISBN10: 1107031214

Hardcover, 294 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

American slavery in the antebellum period was characterized by a massive wave of forced migration as millions of slaves were moved across state lines to the expanding southwest, scattered locally, and sold or hired out in towns and cities across the South. This book sheds new light on domestic forced migration by examining the experiences of American-born slave migrants from a comparative perspective. Juxtaposing and contrasting the experiences of long-distance, local, and urban slave migrants, it analyzes how different migrant groups anticipated, reacted to, and experienced forced removal, as well as how they adapted to their new homes.

Introduction
Part I. Migration
1. Valuable bodies
2. The gathering storm
3. Changing places
Part II. Assimilation
4. Cogs in the wheel
5. Managing newcomers
6. Slave crucibles
Conclusion.