Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation by John Hope FranklinRunaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation by John Hope Franklin

Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation

byJohn Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger

Paperback | May 15, 2000

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From John Hope Franklin, America's foremost African American historian, comes this groundbreaking analysis of slave resistance and escape. A sweeping panorama of plantation life before the Civil War, this book reveals that slaves frequently rebelled against their masters and ran away fromtheir plantations whenever they could. For generations, important aspects about slave life on the plantations of the American South have remained shrouded. Historians thought, for instance, that slaves were generally pliant and resigned to their roles as human chattel, and that racial violence on the plantation was an aberration. Inthis precedent setting book, John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger demonstrate that, contrary to popular belief, significant numbers of slaves did in fact frequently rebel against their masters and struggled to attain their freedom. By surveying a wealth of documents, such as planters' records,petitions to county courts and state legislatures, and local newspapers, this book shows how slaves resisted, when, where, and how they escaped, where they fled to, how long they remained in hiding, and how they survived away from the plantation. Of equal importance, it examines the reactions ofthe white slaveholding class, revealing how they marshaled considerable effort to prevent runaways, meted out severe punishments, and established patrols to hunt down escaped slaves. Reflecting a lifetime of thought by our leading authority in African American history, this book provides the key to truly understanding the relationship between slaveholders and the runaways who challenged the system--illuminating as never before the true nature of the South's "most peculiarinstitution."
John Hope Franklin is James B. Duke Professor of History, Emeritus, at Duke University. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the author of numerous books, including the epic From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans, which boasts more than three million copies in print. Loren Schweninger is Professor...
Title:Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the PlantationFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: Acknowledgments: 1. Dissidents in the Conscript ArmyDay to Day Resistance: Hired Slave Dissatisfaction: Open Defiance: Slaves and Overseers: Conspiracies: The Pride of Dissidence: 2. On the RunDeath of the Master: The Plantation Household: Opportunity: Assisted by Whites: Dissatisfaction of Hired Slaves: Merely To Be Free: Cruel and Unusual Punishment: 3. Whither Thou GoestBreakup of Families: Loved Ones: Husbands and Wives: Mothers and Children: Families and Relatives: Assistance: Lost Forever: 4. A Matter of Some UrgencyAssault and Murder: Stealing: Violence in Defense of Freedom: Collective Resistance: Clandestine Slave Economy: Retribution: 5. Where To Go?Absentees: Lying Out: To Strike a Bargain: Distant Points: Farther South and Elsewhere: The Promised Land: In Which Direction?: 6. They Seek a CityTemporary Sojourners: Remaining at Large: Runaways as Hired Slaves: Hired Slaves as Runaways: Self-hired Slaves as Runaways: The Urban Interlude: The Fate of Jane: 7. The HuntLaws and Patrols: Slave Catchers: Negro Dogs: Masters in Pursuit: Advertisements and Rewards: Incarceration: 8. Backward into BondageTaken up as Runaways: Free Black Runaways: Sold as Slaves: Joseph Antoine's Sorrow: Free Black Owners of Runaways: Runaway Children in Maryland: 9. Profile of a RunawayAge and Gender: Color and Physical Characteristics: Appearance: Personality Traits and Countenance: How and When Slaves Absconded: African-born Runaways: 10. Managing Human PropertyManagers and Overseers: What Should Masters Do?: Self-perceptions and Managing Slaves: Plantation Mistresses and Slave Governance: Discarding the Aged and Infirm: Anxiety, Trouble, Expense: 11. Counting the CostDishonor Among Masters: The Conspiracy Theory: Estimating Frequencies and Owners' Costs: The Impact of Runaways on the Peculiar Institution: A Note on Primary SourcesAppendix 1: Newspaper AdvertisementsTennessee Notice for a Negro man named Sam: Tennessee Notice for a Negro man named Jim: Alabama Notice for Anthony, Billy, and Bartlett: South Carolina Notice for Ceely and Frances or Fanny: Louisiana Notice for Molly: Appendix 2: Petitions to State Legislatures and County CourtsPetition to the Virginia General Assembly: Petition to the South Carolina Senate: Petition to the South Carolina Senate: Petition to the North Carolina General Assembly: Petition to the Orleans Parish District Court: Petition to the Baltimore County Orphans Court: Petition to the Frederick County, Maryland, Court: Petition to the Tennessee General Assembly: Appendix 3: Location and Possible Destinations of Runaways Cited in the Nashville Whig, 1812-1816Appendix 4: Location and Possible Destinations of Runaways Cited in the Tennessee Republican Banner (Nashville), 1840-1842Appendix 5: Damages Sought by Henry Crane for Runaway Lewis, 1851Appendix 6: CorrespondenceLetter of Runaway Joseph Taper to white acquaintance Joseph Long, 11 November 1840: Letter of Cotton Factory Owner Abram Riddick to Slaveowner William Glover, 22 July 1848: Appendix 7: Runaway Slave Database: Early Period 1790-1816; Late Period 1838-1860Abbreviations: Notes: Bibliography: Credits: Index:

Editorial Reviews

"An amazing wealth of detail on the backgrounds and experiences of bondsmen and bondswomen who were so discontented with slavery, or at least with their particular experience of it, that they simply ran away....Franklin and Schweninger argue convincingly that more than 50,000 (a conservativeestimate) took flight each year....Numbers aside, what is impressive about these runaways is their sheer variety. Again and again, the authors offer a generalization--for instance, that young men were over-represented--and then swamp us with counter-examples....Many different kinds of men and womenappear, but none who is docile, or cowed, or content."--John Shelton Reed, Times Literary Supplement