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Making FreedomThe Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery$
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R. J. M. Blackett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469608778

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608785_Blackett

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. Making Their Way to Freedom

. Making Their Way to Freedom

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(p.7) 1. Making Their Way to Freedom
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Making Freedom
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R. J. M. Blackett

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469608778.003.0002

This chapter details Henry Banks' decision to leave Virginia in 1853 and the efforts of his former master to retake him. The actions of Banks and others who followed a similar course tell us a great deal about the enslaved's notions of freedom. But it is important to keep in mind that while Banks was successful, many others failed to attain their goal, were recaptured and returned to slavery, were sold further south and permanently separated from family, or, worse yet, lost their lives in the effort to reach freedom.

Keywords:   slaves, slavery, enslaved, Henry Banks, freedom

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