Journals Higher Education

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23 February 2006

304 Pages | 44 illus. & 6 maps

4-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195160888


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In Search of the Promised Land

A Slave Family in the Old South

John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger

New Narratives in American History

Based on family letters and other first-hand evidence, this remarkable piece of detective work follows a remarkable Black family as its members walk the boundary between slave and free, traveling across the country in search of a "promised land" where African Americans would be treated with respect. Their record of these journeys provides a vivid picture of antebellum America, stretching from New Orleans to St. Louis, from the Overland Trail to the California Gold Rush, and from Civil War battles to steamboat adventures. John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger weave a compelling narrative that illuminates the larger themes of slavery and freedom.

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