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p. 866. Taking slavery apartlocked

  • Heather Andrea Williams

Abstract

Slavery existed in America for nearly two hundred and fifty years until it was finally abolished with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865. It took all those years and a civil war to end slavery, but ‘Taking slavery apart’ illustrates the ways that enslaved people challenged their slavery, from when it was being put into place, through when the institution matured and proved lucrative, to its final end. Through efforts to gain individual freedom by escaping, or by negotiating ways to ameliorate their enslavement, or by participating in violent uprisings, some African Americans always challenged the system that named them as property and denied them the rights of other human beings.

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