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Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780345467836
Author(s): Anne Farrow
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Dimensions: 137 x 208 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 269

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Slavery in the South has been documented in volumes ranging from exhaustive histories to bestselling novels. But the North's profit from-indeed, dependence on-slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. In this startling and superbly researched new book, three veteran New England journalists demythologize the region of America known for tolerance and liberation, revealing a place where thousands of people were held in bondage and slavery was both an economic dynamo and a necessary way of life.
Complicity reveals the cruel truth about the Triangle Trade of molasses, rum, and slaves that lucratively linked the North to the West Indies and Africa; discloses the reality of Northern empires built on profits from rum, cotton, and ivory-and run, in some cases, by abolitionists; and exposes the thousand-acre plantations that existed in towns such as Salem, Connecticut. Here, too, are eye-opening accounts of the individuals who profited directly from slavery far from the Mason-Dixon line-including Nathaniel Gordon of Maine, the only slave trader sentenced to die in the United States, who even as an inmate of New York's infamous Tombs prison was supported by a shockingly large percentage of the city; Patty Cannon, whose brutal gang kidnapped free blacks from Northern states and sold them into slavery; and the Philadelphia doctor Samuel Morton, eminent in the nineteenth-c Please click here to ask a question
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