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Author Nevius, Marcus P. (Marcus Peyton), 1983-
Title City of Refuge : Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856 / Marcus P. Nevius.
Imprint Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]

Author Nevius, Marcus P. (Marcus Peyton), 1983-
Series Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900
Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900.
Subject Slaves -- Dismal Swamp (N.C. and Va.) -- History.
Maroons -- Dismal Swamp (N.C. and Va.) -- History.
Fugitive slave communities -- Dismal Swamp (N.C. and Va.) -- History.
Fugitive slaves -- Dismal Swamp (N.C. and Va.) -- History.
Dismal Swamp (N.C. and Va.) -- History.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 148 pages) : illustrations, map
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "Lurking in swamps, woods, or other obscure places" : petit marronage in eastern Virginia and North Carolina in the eighteenth century -- "Liv'd by himself in the desert about 13 years" : slaves, shingles, and the early companies of the Dismal Swamp -- "Lawless sette of villains" : petit marronage and the competition for space in the turn-of-the-century swamp -- "All delinquents in duty" : petit marronage and the Dismal Swamp Canal -- "To manage the business of the swamp" : the informal slave economy, freedom, and unfreedom in the Great Dismal Swamp -- "Intention of which Negroes was to reach the Dismal Swamp" : the Turner Rebellion, rising abolition, and the Dismal's slave labor camp -- "Slaves in the Dismal Swamp" : abolitionists and the Dismal's extractive economy of slavery -- "From log cabin to the pulpit" : William H. Robinson and the late nineteenth-century legacy of petit marronage.
Summary "City of Refuge is a story of petit marronage, an informal slave's economy, and the construction of internal improvements in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina. The vast wetland was tough terrain that most white Virginians and North Carolinians considered uninhabitable. Perceived desolation notwithstanding, black slaves fled into the swamp's remote sectors and engaged in petit marronage, a type of escape and fugitivity prevalent throughout the Atlantic world. An alternative to the dangers of flight by way of the Underground Railroad, maroon communities often neighbored slave-labor camps, the latter located on the swamp's periphery and operated by the Dismal Swamp Land Company and other companies that employed slave labor to facilitate the extraction of the Dismal's natural resources. Often with the tacit acceptance of white company agents, company slaves engaged in various exchanges of goods and provisions with maroons-networks that padded company accounts even as they helped to sustain maroon colonies and communities. In his examination of life, commerce, and social activity in the Great Dismal Swamp, Marcus P. Nevius engages the historiographies of slave resistance and abolitionism in the early American republic. City of Refuge uses a wide variety of primary sources--including runaway advertisements; planters' and merchants' records, inventories, letterbooks, and correspondence; abolitionist pamphlets and broadsides; county free black registries; and the records and inventories of private companies--to examine how American maroons, enslaved canal laborers, white company agents, and commission merchants shaped, and were shaped by, race and slavery in an important region in the history of the late Atlantic world"-- Provided by publisher
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780820356419
OCLC # 1138898346
Additional Format Print version: 9780820356426 0820356425 (DLC) 2019026474 (OCoLC)1097960685

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