By Dale Edwyna Smith
African americans in St. Louis—both slave and free—enjoyed better autonomy and chance than these in city components of the South and East. Slaves within the urban set criminal precedent via submitting hundreds of thousands of freedom fits, frequently in keeping with the prohibition opposed to slavery set via the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. After a century within the area, many blacks enlisted within the Union military in the course of the Civil warfare. Drawing on a variety of assets, the writer reports the heritage of slaves and loose 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