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On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870

David G. Smith

Abstract

In On the Edge of Freedom, David G. Smith breaks new ground by illuminating the unique development of antislavery sentiment in south central Pennsylvania—a border region of a border state with a complicated history of slavery, antislavery activism, and unequal freedom. During the antebellum decades every single fugitive slave escaping by land east of the Appalachian Mountains had to pass through the region, where they faced both significant opportunities and substantial risks. While the hundreds of fugitives traveling through south central Pennsylvania (defined as Adams, Franklin, and Cumberla ... More

Keywords: Freedom, underground railroad, Pennsylvania, Slaves, Klu Klux Klan, antislavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823240326
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David G. Smith, author