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In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capital (Perspectives on the History of Congress, 1801-1877)

In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capital (Perspectives on the History of Congress, 1801-1877)

By: Paul Finkelman (editor), Donald R. Kennon (editor), Stanley Harrold (contributor), Mitch Kachun (contributor), Jonathan H. Earle (contributor), James B. Stewart (contributor), Mary K. Ricks (contributor), Susan Zaeske (contributor), Zarefsky Zarefsky (contributor), Crothers Crothers (contributor)Hardback

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Few images of early America were more striking, and jarring, than that of slaves in the capital city of the world's most important free republic. Black slaves served and sustained the legislators, bureaucrats, jurists, cabinet officials, military leaders, and even the presidents who lived and worked there. While slaves quietly kept the nation's capital running smoothly, lawmakers debated the place of slavery in the nation, the status of slavery in the territories newly acquired from Mexico, and even the legality of the slave trade in itself. This volume, with essays by some of the most distinguished historians in the nation, explores the twin issues of how slavery made life possible in the District of Columbia and how lawmakers in the district regulated slavery in the nation. Contributors: David Brion Davis, Mary Beth Corrigan, A. Glenn Crothers, Jonathan Earle, Stanley Harrold, Mitch Kachun, Mary K. Ricks, James B. Stewart, Susan Zaeske, David Zarefsky

About Author

Paul Finkelman is President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. He is the author or editor of many articles and books, including Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson (2001), A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (2002), The History of Michigan Law (2006).

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780821419342
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780821419342
  • ISBN10: 082141934X

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