Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Embattled FreedomJourneys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Amy Murrell Taylor

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643625

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643625.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 25 May 2020

Edward and Emma Whitehurst in Slavery

Edward and Emma Whitehurst in Slavery

(p.19) Edward and Emma Whitehurst in Slavery
Embattled Freedom

Amy Murrell Taylor

University of North Carolina Press

This interlude takes readers back into the antebellum period to understand what propelled Edward and Emma Whitehurst into Union lines in May 1861. It describes their lives in slavery, from Emma’s work as a field hand to Edward’s labor as a “hired-out” slave, a position that enabled them to save his wages in the hope of one day purchasing their freedom. It also narrates the arrival of war in their part of Newport News, Virginia, and the way in which planters in the region began leaving the area first. This opened up room for enslaved people like the Whitehursts to flee to Union lines beginning in mid-May, 1861.

Keywords:   slave, hired-out slave, field hand, Newport News, Virginia, planters

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .