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By Richard Newman, James Mueller, Dee Andrews, Gary Nash, Ira Berlin, W. Caleb McDaniel, Heather S. Nathans, Elizabeth Varon, David Waldstreicher, Julie P. Winch

Antislavery and Abolition in Philadelphia considers the cultural, political, and spiritual contexts shaping the lengthy fight opposed to racial injustice in a single of early America's most vital towns. constituted of 9 scholarly essays through a distinctive team of historians, the amount recounts the antislavery circulation in Philadelphia from a marginalized prestige in the course of the colonial period to its upward push through the Civil conflict. Philadelphia was once the house to the Society of acquaintances, which provided the 1st public assault on slavery within the 1680s; the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, the western world's first antislavery team; and to generations of abolitionists, who equipped a few of early America's most crucial civil rights teams. those abolitionists--black, white, non secular, secular, male, female--grappled with the that means of black freedom past and extra constantly than an individual else in early American tradition. state-of-the-art educational perspectives illustrate Philadelphia's antislavery stream, the way it survived societal competition, and remained important to evolving notions of racial justice.

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Andrews, “From Natural Rights to National Sins,” below; Nash, Forging Freedom, 18–22. 11. Nash, Forging Freedom, chap. 2; quotation in Nash, “Race and Citizenship in the Early Republic,” below. 12. Nash, Forging Freedom, 46–57; Gary B. Nash and Jean R. Soderlund, Freedom by Degrees: Emancipation in Pennsylvania and Its Aftermath (New York, 1991), 76–77, 88–89, 138–39; Winch, “Self-Help and Self-Determination,” below; quotation in Billy G. , Blacks Who Stole themselves: Advertisements for Runaways in the Philadelphia Gazette (Philadelphia, 1989), 132–33.

This page intentionally left blank II. B l ac k a n d Wh it e Ab o l it ion i s t Mov e m e nt s i n E manc i pat i ng Ph i la de l p h ia This page intentionally left blank Chapter 2 The Origins of Antislavery in Pennsylvania Early Abolitionists and Benjamin Franklin’s Road Not Taken dav id wa l dst r eicher The recent profusion of work on slavery and antislavery has had the laudable side effect of moving the story of abolitionism back a few decades, to the early republic. It becomes easier to challenge complacent visions of the Founders as unthinking racists who were unable to imagine that slavery was wrong.

Once having freed their slaves, slaveowners expressed little or no concern for their fate, and the law did not require them to provide slaves with a trade or even the smallest token for their previous service. Many newly freed slaves had difficulty finding work. But black men and women did not merely fall in occupational standing. 24 In freedom, most black men and women remained confined to the unskilled and service sectors of the economy, laboring as before as cooks, washerwomen, seamstresses, coachmen, gardeners, and valets.

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