Disowning slavery : gradual emancipation and "race" in New England, 1780-1860 (Book, 1998) [WorldCat.org]
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Disowning slavery : gradual emancipation and "race" in New England, 1780-1860

Author: Joanne Pope Melish
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher's description: Following the abolition of slavery in New England, white citizens seemed to forget that it had ever existed there. Drawing on a wide array of primary sources--from slaveowners' diaries to children's daybooks to racist broadsides--Joanne Pope Melish reveals not only how northern society changed but how its perceptions changed as well. Melish explores the origins of racial thinking and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanne Pope Melish
ISBN: 0801434130 9780801434136 0801484375 9780801484377
OCLC Number: 38042915
Description: xvii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. New England Slavery. "Short of the Truth": Slavery in the Lives of Whites. Another Truth: Enslavement in the Lives of People of Color --
2. The Antislavery Impulse. To "Clear Our Spirits": Whites' Expectations of Freedom from Slavery. The "Privilage of Freemen": Blacks' Expectations of Freedom from Slavery --
3. "Slaves of the Community": Gradual Emancipation in Practice --
4. A "Negro Spirit": Em-bodying Difference --
5. "To Abolish the Black Man": Enacting the Antislavery Promise --
6. "A Thing Unknown": The Free White Republic as New England Writ Large --
7. "We Are the Alphabet": Free People of Color and the Discourse of "Race."
Responsibility: Joanne Pope Melish.
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Following the abolition of slavery in New England, white citizens seemed to forget that it had ever existed there. Drawing on a wide array of primary sources-from slaveowners' diaries to children's  Read more...

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"Disowning Slavery brims with ideas: it is an exciting and argumentative book." * Journal of American History * "Fifteen years in the making, this is an unusually mature and finished first book. It Read more...

 
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