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Shadrach Minkins : from fugitive slave to citizen, Gary Collison

Label
Shadrach Minkins : from fugitive slave to citizen
Title
Shadrach Minkins
Title remainder
from fugitive slave to citizen
Statement of responsibility
Gary Collison
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On February 15, 1851, Shadrach Minkins was serving breakfast at a coffeehouse in Boston when history caught up with him. The first runaway to be arrested in New England under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, this illiterate black man from Virginia found himself the catalyst of one of the most dramatic episodes of rebellion and legal wrangling before the Civil War. In a remarkable effort of historical sleuthing, Gary Collison has recovered the true story of Shadrach Minkins' life and times and perilous flight. His book restores an extraordinary chapter to our collective history and at the same time offers a rare and engrossing picture of the life of an ordinary black man in nineteenth-century North America. As Minkins' journey from slavery to freedom unfolds, we see what day-to-day life was like for a slave in Norfolk, Virginia, for a fugitive in Boston, and for a free black man in Montreal. Collison recreates the drama of Minkins' arrest and his subsequent rescue by a band of black Bostonians, who spirited the fugitive to freedom in Canada. He shows us Boston's black community, moved to panic and action by the Fugitive Slave Law, and the previously unknown community established in Montreal by Minkins and other refugee blacks from the United States. And behind the scenes, orchestrating events from the disastrous Compromise of 1850 through the arrest of Minkins and the trial of his rescuers, is Daniel Webster, who, through the exigencies of his dimming political career, took the role of villain
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1947-
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Collison, Gary Lee
Dewey number
  • 973.7115092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E450
LC item number
.M653 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Minkins, Shadrach
  • Slaves
  • Fugitive slaves
  • African Americans
  • Norfolk (Va.)
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Montréal (Québec)
  • Minkins, Shadrach
  • Esclaves
  • Esclaves fugitifs
  • Noirs américains
  • Norfolk (Va.)
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Montréal (Québec)
  • Flüchtling
  • Sklaverei
  • USA
  • Kanada
  • Schwarze
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Shadrach Minkins : from fugitive slave to citizen, Gary Collison
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-277) and index
Contents
Norfolk: "Han't got no self" -- "Horses and men, cattle and women, pigs and children" -- "Silver trump of freedom" -- Boston: "Cradle of liberty"? -- "New reign of terror" -- "Much excitement prevails" -- "Thing or a man?" -- "Plucked as a brand from the burning" -- "Never was a darker day" -- North Star -- Montreal: "Please to remember me kindly" -- Home far away -- "Free at last! Free at last!" -- Militia petition by black residents of Montreal
Extent
1 online resource (294 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036856837
Label
Shadrach Minkins : from fugitive slave to citizen, Gary Collison
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-277) and index
Contents
Norfolk: "Han't got no self" -- "Horses and men, cattle and women, pigs and children" -- "Silver trump of freedom" -- Boston: "Cradle of liberty"? -- "New reign of terror" -- "Much excitement prevails" -- "Thing or a man?" -- "Plucked as a brand from the burning" -- "Never was a darker day" -- North Star -- Montreal: "Please to remember me kindly" -- Home far away -- "Free at last! Free at last!" -- Militia petition by black residents of Montreal
Extent
1 online resource (294 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036856837

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