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Title: Beacons of Liberty: Free-Soil Havens and the American Anti-Slavery Movement, 1813-1863

Citation Type: Dissertation/Thesis

Publication Year: 2017

Abstract: Beginning in the late eighteenth century, diverse anti-slavery efforts transformed the geography of slavery and freedom in the Atlantic world. Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Upper Canada, Mexico, the newly independent South American nations, and the British West Indies all became havens of free soil, where emancipation laws either immediately or gradually freed enslaved populations. This dissertation argues that these “free-soil havens” had a powerful influence on American anti-slavery culture between 1813 and 1863. As abolitionists battled slaveholders to sway public opinion toward the anti-slavery cause, free-soil havens provided concrete geopolitical spaces through which American slaves, free people, and anti-slavery advocates could imagine alternative possibilities to slavery and racism in the United States. Reading across the rich print culture produced by nineteenth-century politicians, activists, migrants, missionaries, travelers, and newspaper editors, this study . . .


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Authors: Abbott, Elena, K

Institution: Georgetown University

Department: History

Advisor: Adam Rothman

Degree: PhD

Publisher Location: Washington, DC


Data Collections: IPUMS NHGIS

Topics: Other, Race and Ethnicity