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Blind no more : African American resistance, free-soil politics, and the coming of the Civil War

Author: Jonathan Daniel Wells
Publisher: Athens, Georgia : The University of Georgia Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The cause of disunion was the persistent determination on the part of enslaved people that they would flee bondage no matter the risks. By protesting against kidnappings and fugitive slave renditions, they brought slavery to the doorstep of the free states, forcing those states to recognize the meaning of freedom and the meaning of states' rights in the face of a federal government equally determined to keep  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Daniel Wells
ISBN: 9780820354842 0820354848
OCLC Number: 1099434860
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The long Civil War: kidnapping and black activists in the early republic --
The making of the Fugitive slave law and the sectional crisis --
Civil conflict in the north: reactions to the Fugitive slave law in the fall of 1850 --
Trying to save the Union: battles over the Fugitive slave law in the 1850s --
An end to compromise.
Responsibility: Jonathan Daniel Wells.

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"The cause of disunion was the persistent determination on the part of enslaved people that they would flee bondage no matter the risks. By protesting against kidnappings and fugitive slave renditions, they brought slavery to the doorstep of the free states, forcing those states to recognize the meaning of freedom and the meaning of states' rights in the face of a federal government equally determined to keep standing its divided house. In so doing African Americans helped northerners and westerners to question whether or not the Constitutional compact was still worth upholding, a reevaluation of the republican experiment that would ultimately lead not just to Civil War, but to the 13th Amendment ending slavery. The real story of American freedom lay not with the Confederate Rebels or even with the Union Army, but instead rests with the tens of thousands of self-emancipated men and women who had to be the ones to demonstrate to the Founders and to succeeding generations of Americans the value of liberty"--

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