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Author Collison, Gary Lee, 1947-
Title Shadrach Minkins : from fugitive slave to citizen / Gary Collison.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.

Author Collison, Gary Lee, 1947-
Subject Minkins, Shadrach.
Slaves -- Virginia -- Norfolk -- Biography.
Fugitive slaves -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Biography.
African Americans -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal -- History -- 19th century.
Norfolk (Va.) -- Biography.
Boston (Mass.) -- Biography.
Montréal (Québec) -- Biography.
Description 1 online resource (294 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-277) and index.
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.
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.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
ISBN 9780674029798 (electronic bk.)
0674029798 (electronic bk.)
0674802985 (alk. paper)
9780674802988 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 609306471
Additional Format Print version: Collison, Gary Lee, 1947- Shadrach Minkins. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997 (DLC) 96035555 (OCoLC)35235257

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