By Dale Edwyna Smith
African americans in St. Louis—both slave and free—enjoyed better autonomy and chance than these in city parts of the South and East. Slaves within the urban set felony precedent through submitting enormous quantities of freedom matches, frequently according to the prohibition opposed to slavery set by way of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. After a century within the quarter, many blacks enlisted within the Union military throughout the Civil struggle. Drawing on quite a lot of resources, the writer stories the heritage of slaves and unfastened blacks during this city.
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African American Lives in St. Louis, 1763–1865: Slavery, Freedom and the West by Dale Edwyna Smith