Slavery and forced migration in the antebellum South

Pargas, Damian Alan

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  • Creator Damian Alan Pargas (Leiden University)
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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  • Physical Details
    • xii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781107031210, 1107031214, 9781107658967, 1107658969
  • OCLC ocn885226034


  • "American slavery in the antebellum period was characterized by a massive wave of forced migration as millions of slaves were moved across state lines to the expanding Southwest, scattered locally, and sold or hired out in towns and cities across the South. This book sheds new light on domestic forced migration by examining the experiences of American-born slave migrants from a comparative perspective. Juxtaposing and contrasting the experiences of long-distance, local, and urban slave migrants, it analyzes how different migrant groups anticipated, reacted to, and experienced forced removal, as well as how they adapted to their new homes"--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-276) and index.


  • Introduction -- Part I. Migration -- Valuable Bodies -- The Gathering Storm -- Changing Places -- Part II. Assimilation -- Cogs in the Wheel -- Managing Newcomers -- Slave Crucibles -- Conclusion
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