In Search of the Promised Land

In Search of the Promised Land

A Slave Family in the Old South

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Sally Thomas went from being a slave on a tobacco plantation, to a "virtually free" slave who ran her own business and purchased one of her sons out of bondage. This book offers a portrait of her extended family and of the life of slaves before the Civil War. Based on family letters as well as an autobiography by one of her sons, the detective work follows a singular group as they walk the boundary between slave and free, traveling across the country in search of a "promised land" where African Americans would be treated with respect. This small family experienced the full gamut of slavery, witnessing everything from the breakup of slave families, brutal punishment, and runaways, to miscegenation, insurrection panics, and slave patrols. They also illuminate the hidden lives of "virtually free" slaves, who maintained close relationships with whites, maneuvered within the system, and gained a large measure of autonomy.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780195160871
Characteristics: xvii, 286 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Schweninger, Loren
Other Standard Identifier: 9780195160871


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Jan 04, 2019

probably an alright nonfiction history book - but, I couldn't get into it. It seemed a bit repetitive and I was needing a distraction. This book didn't provide that for me.


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