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Emancipation's DiasporaRace and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest$
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Leslie A. Schwalm

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832912

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807894125_schwalm

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“A Full Realization of the arbarities of Slavery”

“A Full Realization of the arbarities of Slavery”

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Emancipation's Diaspora

Leslie A. Schwalm

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses slavery in the Midwest. Every enslaved person who made the journey north to the upper Midwest, either before or during the Civil War, had already encountered “a full realization of the barbarities of slavery.” However, wartime migrants out of southern slavery may not have realized that their destination was marked by a legacy of bondage; that Midwestern blacks had also very recently been held as slaves, subjected to sale, forced family separation, and the seizure of their children. Midwestern slavery—while often openly practiced—was rarely acknowledged at the time, and historians, too, have failed to come to terms with its extent or the experience of enslaved Midwesterners.

Keywords:   Midwest, slaves, slavery, blacks

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