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Beyond freedom's reach : a kidnapping in the twilight of slavery

Beyond freedom's reach : a kidnapping in the twilight of slavery

Author: Adam Rothman
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Born into slavery in rural Louisiana, Rose Herera was bought and sold several times before being purchased by the De Hart family of New Orleans. Still a slave, she married and had children, who also became the property of the De Harts. But after Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862 during the American Civil War, Herera's owners fled to Havana, taking three of her small children with them. Just how far the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Études de cas
Named Person: Rose Herrera
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Rothman
ISBN: 9780674368125 0674368126
OCLC Number: 902801815
Awards: Winner of Jefferson Davis Award 2015
Nominated for Frederick Douglass Book Prize 2016
Nominated for Charles S. Sydnor Award 2016
Nominated for OAH Liberty Legacy Foundation Award 2016
Nominated for Avery O. Craven Award 2016
Nominated for James A. Rawley Prize 2016
Nominated for James Willard Hurst Prize 2016
Nominated for Francis Parkman Prize 2016
Description: 263 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Pointe Coupée --
New Orleans --
War --
Justice --
Reunion --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Rose Herrera's petition.
Other Titles: Kidnapping in the twilight of slavery
Responsibility: Adam Rothman.


After Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862, Rose Herera's owners fled to Havana, taking her three children with them. Adam Rothman tells the story of Herera's quest to rescue her children from  Read more...


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[A] riveting narrative... Rothman's theme is the moral logic of slavery as embedded in law and social custom. -- Jason Berry * Daily Beast * The book's major novelty is its focus on individual Read more...

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