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In the shadow of slavery : African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863

Author: Leslie M Harris
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the Shadow of Slavery lays bare history of African Americans in New York City, starting with the arrival of the first slaves in 1626, moving through the turbulent years before emancipation in 1827, and culminating in one of the most terrifying displays of racism in U.S. history, the New York City Draft Riots of 1863. Drawing on extensive travel accounts, autobiographies, newspapers, literature, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie M Harris
ISBN: 0226317730 9780226317731
OCLC Number: 56644507
Notes: Originally published: 2003.
Description: xii, 380 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
ch. 1. Slavery in colonial New York --
ch. 2. The struggle against slavery in Revolutionary and early national New York --
3. Creating a free Black community in New York during the era of emancipation --
ch. 4. Free but unequal : the limits of emancipation --
ch. 5. Keeping body and soul together : charity workers and Black activism in post-emancipation New York City --
6. The long shadow of Southern slavery : radical abolitionists and Black political activism against slavery and racism --
ch. 7. "Pressing forward to greater perfection" : radical abolitionists, Black labor, and Black working-class activism after 1840 --
ch. 8. "Rulers of the Five Points" : Blacks, Irish immigrants, and amalgamation --
ch. 9. The failures of the city --
Postscript --
Notes --
Works consulted --
Index.
Responsibility: Leslie M. Harris.

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"In the Shadow of Slavery lays bare history of African Americans in New York City, starting with the arrival of the first slaves in 1626, moving through the turbulent years before emancipation in 1827, and culminating in one of the most terrifying displays of racism in U.S. history, the New York City Draft Riots of 1863. Drawing on extensive travel accounts, autobiographies, newspapers, literature, and organizational records, Leslie M. Harris extends beyond prior studies of racial discrimination by tracing the undeniable impact of African Americans on class, politics, and community formation and by offering vivid portraits of the lives and aspirations of countless black New Yorkers." "In the Shadow of Slavery is an ambitious new work that will prove indispensable to historians of the African American experience, as well as anyone interested in the history of New York City."--Back cover.

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