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African American lives in St. Louis, 1763/1865 : slavery, freedom and the West

Smith, Dale Edwyna, author

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  • Creator Dale Edwyna Smith
  • Format Books
  • Publication Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017]
  • Physical Details
    • x, 204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781476666839, 1476666830
  • OCLC ocn966633862


  • "African Americans in St. Louis enjoyed greater autonomy and opportunity than those in urban areas of the South and East. Slaves in the city set legal precedent by filing hundreds of freedom suits, often based on the prohibition against slavery. This book explores the role of blacks in the history of St. Louis through the Civil War"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Prologue -- Gateway to the west -- The color of law -- To the frontier -- "The dangerous class": women of color and the St. Louis frontier -- Sold west: the slave trade and the advancing frontier -- "Free with the world": the strange case of Milton Duty -- "As far as Kansas": slave resistance in the gateway -- Standing ground: free people of color and the St. Louis land court -- The civil war -- Epilogue. The bond of color: St. Louis people of color and the West
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