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In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South (New Narratives in American History)

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The matriarch of a remarkable African American family, Sally Thomas went from being a slave on a tobacco plantation, to a "virtually free" slave who ran her own business and purchased one of her sons out of bondage. In Search of the Promised Land offers a vivid portrait of the extended

Thomas-Rapier family and of the life of slaves before the Civil War.

Based on family letters as well as an autobiography by one of Thomas' sons, this remarkable piece of detective work follows a singular group as they 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. To a remarkable degree, this small family experienced the full gamut of slavery, witnessing everything from the breakup of slave families, brutal punishment, and runaways, to miscegenation, insurrection panics, and slave patrols.

They also illuminate the hidden lives of " virtually free" slaves, who maintained close relationships with whites, maneuvered within the system, and gained a large measure of autonomy.

The Thomas-Rapiers were keen observers of the human condition. Through the eyes of this exceptional family and the indomitable black woman who held them together, we witness aspects of human bondage otherwise hidden from view.

Synopsis:

The matriarch of a remarkable African American family, Sally Thomas went from being a slave on a tobacco plantation to a "virtually free" slave who ran her own business and purchased one of her sons out of bondage. In Search of the Promised Land offers a vivid portrait of the extended Thomas-Rapier family and of slave life before the Civil War.

Based on personal letters and an autobiography by one of Thomas' sons, this remarkable piece of detective work follows the family as they 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 vibrant picture of antebellum America, ranging from New Orleans to St. Louis to the Overland Trail. The authors weave a compelling narrative that illuminates the larger themes of slavery and freedom while examining the family's experiences with the California Gold Rush, Civil War battles, and steamboat adventures. The documents show how the Thomas-Rapier kin bore witness to the full gamut of slavery--from brutal punishment, runaways, and the breakup of slave families to miscegenation, insurrection panics, and slave patrols. The book also exposes the hidden lives of "virtually free" slaves, who maintained close relationships with whites, maneuvered within the system, and gained a large measure of autonomy.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Foreword

Acknowledgments

The Descendants of Sally Thomas

Prologue

1. Sally Thomas: A Life in Bondage

Virtual Freedom

Sally's Children

Sally's Son James

Sally's Grandchildren: The Rapier Boys

2. From Slavery to Freedom

The Domestic Slave Trade

James Thomas: The Boyhood Years

Barbershop

3. Travels in the North and West

Nashville's Black Community

The Changing Attitudes of Whites

A Fugitive Slave in the North

The California Gold Rush

The Epidemic's Shadow

4. In Search of Canaan

Bound for Nicaragua

The Dilemma of John Rapier Sr.

The Minnesota Territory

Canada West and James Thomas Rapier

5. The Midwest, Haiti, and Jamaica

Into "Bleeding Kansas"

Steamboating on the Mississippi

John Rapier Jr. in the Caribbean

6. The Mighty Scourge of War

James Thomas in St. Louis

John Rapier Jr.'s Continuing Odyssey

The War's End

Epilogue

Afterword: Through the Prism of a Black Family

About the Sources

Appendix 1: Petitions of Ephraim Foster and James Thomas to the Davidson County Court, 1851

Appendix 2: John Rapier Sr. to Richard Rapier, April 8, 1945

Appendix 3: John Rapier Jr. to James Thomas, July 28, 1861

Selected Bibliography on Slavery

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195160888
Subtitle:
A Slave Family in the Old South
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Schweninger, Loren
Author:
Franklin, John Hope
Author:
null, John Hope
Author:
null, Loren
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
History, American | African American
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Nashville (tenn.)
Subject:
Slavery -- Southern States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
New Narratives in American History
Publication Date:
20060223
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 illus. and 6 maps
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
4.700 x 6.700 in 0.544 lb

Related Subjects

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"Synopsis" by , The matriarch of a remarkable African American family, Sally Thomas went from being a slave on a tobacco plantation to a "virtually free" slave who ran her own business and purchased one of her sons out of bondage. In Search of the Promised Land offers a vivid portrait of the extended Thomas-Rapier family and of slave life before the Civil War.

Based on personal letters and an autobiography by one of Thomas' sons, this remarkable piece of detective work follows the family as they 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 vibrant picture of antebellum America, ranging from New Orleans to St. Louis to the Overland Trail. The authors weave a compelling narrative that illuminates the larger themes of slavery and freedom while examining the family's experiences with the California Gold Rush, Civil War battles, and steamboat adventures. The documents show how the Thomas-Rapier kin bore witness to the full gamut of slavery--from brutal punishment, runaways, and the breakup of slave families to miscegenation, insurrection panics, and slave patrols. The book also exposes the hidden lives of "virtually free" slaves, who maintained close relationships with whites, maneuvered within the system, and gained a large measure of autonomy.

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