By Dale Edwyna Smith
African americans in St. Louis—both slave and free—enjoyed higher autonomy and chance than these in city components of the South and East. Slaves within the urban set criminal precedent by way of submitting 1000's of freedom matches, usually according to the prohibition opposed to slavery set via the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. After a century within the sector, many blacks enlisted within the Union military in the course of the Civil struggle. Drawing on a variety of resources, the writer experiences the historical past 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