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Runaway Slaves Rebels on the Plantation

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ISBN-10: 0195084519

ISBN-13: 9780195084511

Edition: 2000

Authors: John Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger

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From John Hope Franklin, America's foremost African American historian, comes this groundbreaking analysis of slave resistance and escape. A sweeping panorama of plantation life before the Civil War, this book reveals that slaves frequently rebelled against their masters and ran away from their plantations whenever they could. For generations, important aspects about slave life on the plantations of the American South have remained shrouded. Historians thought, for instance, that slaves were generally pliant and resigned to their roles as human chattel, and that racial violence on the plantation was an aberration. In this precedent setting book, John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger demonstrate that, contrary to popular belief, significant numbers of slaves did in fact frequently rebel against their masters and struggled to attain their freedom. By surveying a wealth of documents, such as planters' records, petitions to county courts and state legislatures, and local newspapers, this book shows how slaves resisted, when, where, and how they escaped, where they fled to, how long they remained in hiding, and how they survived away from the plantation. Of equal importance, it examines the reactions of the white slaveholding class, revealing how they marshalled considerable effort to prevent runaways, meted out severe punishments, and established patrols to hunt down escaped slaves. Reflecting a lifetime of thought by our leading authority in African American history, this book provides the key to truly understanding the relationship between slaveholders and the runaways who challenged the system--illuminating as never before the true nature of the South's "most peculiar institution".
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/20/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

The son of an attorney who practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, John Hope Franklin was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma on January 2, 1915. He received a B. A. from Fisk University in 1935 and a master's degree in 1936 and a Ph.D. in 1941 from Harvard University. During his career in education, he taught at a numerous institutions including Brooklyn College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Duke University. He also had teaching stints in Australia, China, and Zimbabwe. He has written numerous scholarly works including The Militant South, 1800-1861 (1956); Reconstruction After the Civil War (1961); The Emancipation Proclamation (1963); and The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century (1993). His comprehensive history From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans (1947) is generally acknowledged to be the basic survey of African American history. He received numerous awards during his lifetime including the Medal of Freedom in 1995 and the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanities in 2006. He worked with Thurgood Marshall's team of lawyers in their effort to end segregation in the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education and participated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Studies Association. He was also a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and the Committee on International Exchange of Scholars. He died of congestive heart failure on March 25, 2009 at the age of 94.

Dissidents in the Conscript Army
Day to Day Resistance
Hired Slave Dissatisfaction
Open Defiance
Slaves and Overseers
The Pride of Dissidence
On the Run
Death of the Master
The Plantation Household
Assisted by Whites
Dissatisfaction of Hired Slaves
Merely To Be Free
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Whither Thou Goest
Breakup of Families
Loved Ones
Husbands and Wives
Mothers and Children
Families and Relatives
Lost Forever
A Matter of Some Urgency
Assault and Murder
Violence in Defense of Freedom
Collective Resistance
Clandestine Slave Economy
Where To Go?
Lying Out
To Strike a Bargain
Distant Points
Farther South and Elsewhere
The Promised Land
In Which Direction?
They Seek a City
Temporary Sojourners
Remaining at Large
Runaways as Hired Slaves
Hired Slaves as Runaways
Self-hired Slaves as Runaways
The Urban Interlude
The Fate of Jane
The Hunt
Laws and Patrols
Slave Catchers
Negro Dogs
Masters in Pursuit
Advertisements and Rewards
Backward into Bondage
Taken up as Runaways
Free Black Runaways
Sold as Slaves
Joseph Antoine's Sorrow
Free Black Owners of Runaways
Runaway Children in Maryland
Profile of a Runaway
Age and Gender
Color and Physical Characteristics
Personality Traits and Countenance
How and When Slaves Absconded
African-born Runaways
Managing Human Property
Managers and Overseers
What Should Masters Do?
Self-perceptions and Managing Slaves
Plantation Mistresses and Slave Governance
Discarding the Aged and Infirm
Anxiety, Trouble, Expense
Counting the Cost
Dishonor Among Masters
The Conspiracy Theory
Estimating Frequencies and Owners' Costs
The Impact of Runaways on the Peculiar Institution
A Note on Primary Sources
Newspaper Advertisements
Tennessee Notice for a Negro man named Sam
Tennessee Notice for a Negro man named Jim
Alabama Notice for Anthony, Billy, and Bartlett
South Carolina Notice for Ceely and Frances or Fanny
Louisiana Notice for Molly
Petitions to State Legislatures and County Courts
Petition to the Virginia General Assembly
Petition to the South Carolina Senate
Petition to the South Carolina Senate
Petition to the North Carolina General Assembly
Petition to the Orleans Parish District Court
Petition to the Baltimore County Orphans Court
Petition to the Frederick County, Maryland, Court
Petition to the Tennessee General Assembly
Location and Possible Destinations of Runaways Cited in the Nashville Whig, 1812-1816
Location and Possible Destinations of Runaways Cited in the Tennessee Republican Banner (Nashville), 1840-1842
Damages Sought by Henry Crane for Runaway Lewis, 1851
Letter of Runaway Joseph Taper to white acquaintance Joseph Long, 11 November 1840
Letter of Cotton Factory Owner Abram Riddick to Slaveowner William Glover, 22 July 1848
Runaway Slave Database: Early Period 1790-1816
Late Period 1838-1860