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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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Fugitive Slaves and the Politics of Slavery

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Making Freedom

R. J. M. Blackett

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter takes a cue from William Still's compendium, The Underground Railroad, which opens not with a major slave break but with the death of Seth Concklin, a white northerner, who lost his life attempting to free the family of Still's brother Peter from slavery in Alabama. It focuses attention on the activities of outsiders who went south to entice slaves to escape; the extent to which slaves planning to escape were aided by southern free blacks and fellow slaves; and the efforts of slaveholders and southern authorities to protect themselves against these subversives.

Keywords:   freedom, Seth Concklin, William Still, slaves, slavery

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