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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 Time of Scattering”

“A Time of Scattering”

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Emancipation's Diaspora

Leslie A. Schwalm

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how wartime migration transformed the meaning of movement in the lives of enslaved people. The war opened breaches in the institution of slavery that enslaved people used to transform movement from an inescapable aspect of oppression to an avenue for liberation. Those who made their way into the upper Midwest and the whites they settled among would contribute to the developing national debates about the meaning of emancipation during and after the Civil War.

Keywords:   slavery, migration, Midwest, Civil War

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