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- DescriptionThe compelling and wide-ranging tale that examines the moral choices made by blacks and whites of New York State to aid the newly freed slaves to secure the promise of freedom. The North Star was both an astromical reference guiding slaves rth to freedom, and a symbol of the moral enterprise that sought to end slavery. This crusade for freedom in the rth was born of the religious revivals of the 1820s and 1830s in central and western New York - kwn as the Burned-Over District, which lit the fires that eventually burst into the conflagration of the Civil War. Milton C. Sernett begins with a history of slavery in upstate New York and ends with John Brown's execution and burial in the Adirondacks. He includes great abolitionists - among them Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Beriah Green, Jermain Lougen, and Samuel May - and many lesset-kwn characters who rescued fugitives from slave hunters, maintained safe houses along the Underground Railroad, and otherwise furthered the cause of freedom.
- Author BiographyMILTON C. SERNETT is professor of African American studies and history and adjunct professor of religion at Syracuse University. He is the author of Abolition's Axe: Beriah Green, Oneida Institute, and the Black Freedom Struggle, also by Syracuse University Press.
- Author(s)Milton C. Sernett
- PublisherSyracuse University Press
- Date of Publication31/10/2001
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleNew York State History & Culture
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSyracuse University Press
- Content Note30 illustrations, 1 map, 1 table, bibliography, notes, index
- Weight767 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine31 mm
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