In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capital - Perspectives on the History of Congress, 1801-1877 (Hardback)Paul Finkelman (editor), Donald R. Kennon (editor), Jonathan H. Earle (author of contributions), Stanley Harrold (author of contributions), Mitch Kachun (author of contributions), Mary K. Ricks (author of contributions), James B. Stewart (author of contributions), Susan Zaeske (author of contributions), David Zarefsky (author of contributions), A. Glenn Crothers (other)
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Few images of early America were more striking, and jarring, than that of slaves in the capital city of the world's most important free republic. Black slaves served and sustained the legislators, bureaucrats, jurists, cabinet officials, military leaders, and even the presidents who lived and worked there. While slaves quietly kept the nation's capital running smoothly, lawmakers debated the place of slavery in the nation, the status of slavery in the territories newly acquired from Mexico, and even the legality of the slave trade in itself.
This volume, with essays by some of the most distinguished historians in the nation, explores the twin issues of how slavery made life possible in the District of Columbia and how lawmakers in the district regulated slavery in the nation.
Contributors: David Brion Davis, Mary Beth Corrigan, A. Glenn Crothers, Jonathan Earle, Stanley Harrold, Mitch Kachun, Mary K. Ricks, James B. Stewart, Susan Zaeske, David Zarefsky
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
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