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City of refuge : slavery and petit marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856

Author: Marcus P Nevius
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]
Series: Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English
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"City of Refuge is a story of petit marronage, an informal slave's economy, and the construction of internal improvements in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina. The vast wetland was tough terrain that most white Virginians and North Carolinians considered uninhabitable. Perceived desolation notwithstanding, black slaves fled into the swamp's remote sectors and engaged in petit marronage, a type of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marcus P Nevius
ISBN: 9780820356426 0820356425
OCLC Number: 1097960685
Description: xv, 148 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: "Lurking in swamps, woods, or other obscure places" : petit marronage in eastern Virginia and North Carolina in the eighteenth century --
"Liv'd by himself in the desert about 13 years" : slaves, shingles, and the early companies of the Dismal Swamp --
"Lawless sette of villains" : petit marronage and the competition for space in the turn-of-the-century swamp --
"All delinquents in duty" : petit marronage and the Dismal Swamp Canal --
"To manage the business of the swamp" : the informal slave economy, freedom, and unfreedom in the Great Dismal Swamp --
"Intention of which Negroes was to reach the Dismal Swamp" : the Turner Rebellion, rising abolition, and the Dismal's slave labor camp --
"Slaves in the Dismal Swamp" : abolitionists and the Dismal's extractive economy of slavery --
"From log cabin to the pulpit" : William H. Robinson and the late nineteenth-century legacy of petit marronage.
Series Title: Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900.
Responsibility: Marcus P. Nevius.

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In his examination of life, commerce, and social activity in the Great Dismal Swamp, Marcus Nevius engages the historiographies of slave resistance and abolitionism in the early American republic.  Read more...

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