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The Resource South to freedom : runaway slaves to Mexico and the road to the Civil War, Alice L. Baumgartner

South to freedom : runaway slaves to Mexico and the road to the Civil War, Alice L. Baumgartner

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South to freedom : runaway slaves to Mexico and the road to the Civil War
Title
South to freedom
Title remainder
runaway slaves to Mexico and the road to the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Alice L. Baumgartner
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Underground Railroad to the North was salvation for many US slaves before the Civil War. But during the same decades, thousands of people in the south-central United States escaped slavery not by heading north but by crossing the southern border into Mexico. In South to Freedom historian Alice Baumgartner tells the story of Mexico's rise as an antislavery republic and a promised land for enslaved people in North America. She describes how Mexico's abolition of slavery challenged US institutions and helped to set the international stage for the US Civil War. In 1837, shortly after Texas rebelled against Mexican rule, Mexico's Congress formally abolished slavery, and enslaved people began to head south. Some were helped by free blacks, ship captains, Mexicans, Germans, gamblers, preachers, mail riders, and other "lurking scoundrels," but most escaped by their own ingenuity -- with stolen rifles, forged slave passes, and, in one instance, a wig made from horsehair and pitch. As they fled across the Rio Grande, and the US government failed to secure their return, their owners began to suspect an international conspiracy against the "peculiar institution." Meanwhile, Northern Congressmen balked at reestablishing slavery in the Southwestern territories taken from Mexico after the Mexican-American War. Feeling increasingly embattled, slavers in Texas and Louisiana came to believe that their interests would best be protected outside the union. With the Southern slave regime under pressure from both the north and south, the conditions were in place for the coming of the US Civil War. Today, our attention is fixed on people seeking opportunity by moving north across our southern border, but South to Freedom reveals what happened when the reverse was true: when American slaves fled "the land of the free" for freedom in Mexico"--
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1987-
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Baumgartner, Alice
Dewey number
  • 973.7115
  • 306.3/62
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HT1053
LC item number
.B38 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • United States
  • HISTORY / Social History
Label
South to freedom : runaway slaves to Mexico and the road to the Civil War, Alice L. Baumgartner
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-342) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Defending slavery -- The meaning of liberty -- The right to property -- An antislavery republic -- In accordance with the laws, they are free -- The Texas Revolution -- Annexation -- Compromise lost -- Liberty found -- The balance of power -- Citizenship -- War
Control code
on1139149012
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 365 pages
Isbn
9781541617780
Lccn
2020011978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1139149012
Label
South to freedom : runaway slaves to Mexico and the road to the Civil War, Alice L. Baumgartner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-342) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Defending slavery -- The meaning of liberty -- The right to property -- An antislavery republic -- In accordance with the laws, they are free -- The Texas Revolution -- Annexation -- Compromise lost -- Liberty found -- The balance of power -- Citizenship -- War
Control code
on1139149012
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 365 pages
Isbn
9781541617780
Lccn
2020011978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1139149012

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