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By Matthew Salafia

ISBN-10: 0812224086

ISBN-13: 9780812224085

ISBN-10: 0812245210

ISBN-13: 9780812245219

In 1787, the Northwest Ordinance made the Ohio River the dividing line among slavery and freedom within the West, but in 1861, while the Civil battle tore the state aside, the sector didn't cut up at this seam. In Slavery's Borderland, historian Matthew Salafia exhibits how the river used to be either a actual boundary and a unifying monetary and cultural strength that muddied the excellence among southern and northern kinds of exertions and politics.

Countering the tendency to stress ameliorations among slave and loose states, Salafia argues that those platforms of work weren't quite a bit separated by way of a river up to they advanced alongside a continuum formed by means of lifestyles alongside a river. during this borderland area, the place either unfastened and enslaved citizens frequently crossed the actual divide among Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, slavery and unfastened hard work shared as many similarities as transformations. because the clash among North and South intensified, neighborhood commonality transcended political modifications. Enslaved and unfastened African american citizens got here to reject the legitimacy of the river border while they have been not able to flee its impact. by contrast, nearly all of white citizens on each side remained firmly devoted to retaining the river border simply because they believed it most sensible safe their freedom. hence, whilst struggle broke out, Kentucky didn't secede with the Confederacy; really, the river turned the seam that held the sector together.

By concentrating on the Ohio River as an artery of trade and circulation, Salafia attracts the northern and southern banks of the river into a similar narrative and sheds gentle on structures of work, economic climate, and race at the eve of the Civil War.

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