In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capital by Paul FinkelmanIn the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capital by Paul Finkelman

In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capital

EditorPaul Finkelman

Hardcover | May 3, 2011

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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

Paul Finkelman is the John E. Murray Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He is the author of more than fifty books, and coe...
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Title:In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National CapitalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:082141934X

ISBN - 13:9780821419342

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“This essay collection does a nice job of keeping its focus, and all of the essays work well together. It offers a comprehensive understanding of just why it matters that the capital of the United States was a slave city. It also includes a diversity of perspectives—from the political to the social—and clearly shows exactly how slavery cast a shadow over all regions of the nation and all Americans.”—H-CivWar