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In Search of the Promised Land

A Slave Family In The Old South

By John Hope Franklin, 1915-2009

The matriarch of a remarkable African American family, Sally Thomas went from being a slave on a tobacco plantation, to a "virtually free" slave who ran her own business and purchased one of her sons out of bondage. In Search of the Promised Land offers a vivid portrait of the extended Thomas-Rapier family and of the life of slaves before the Civil War.
Based on family letters as well as an autobiography by one of Thomas' sons, this remarkable piece of detective work follows a singular group as they walk the boundary between slave and free, traveling across the country in search of a "promised land" where African Americans would be treated with respect. Their record of these journeys provides a vivid picture of antebellum America, stretching from New Orleans to St. Louis, from the Overland Trail to the California Gold Rush, and from Civil War battles to steamboat adventures. John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger weave a compelling narrative that illuminates the larger themes of slavery and freedom. To a remarkable degree, this small family experienced the full gamut of slavery, witnessing everything from the breakup of slave families, brutal punishment, and runaways, to miscegenation, insurrection panics, and slave patrols. They also illuminate the hidden lives of " virtually free" slaves, who maintained close relationships with whites, maneuvered within the system, and gained a large measure of autonomy.
The Thomas-Rapiers were keen observers of the human condition. Through the eyes of this exceptional family and the indomitable black woman who held them together, we witness aspects of human bondage otherwise hidden from view.

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2006

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0195160878


Format: Book
Author: Franklin, John Hope, 1915-2009
Title: In search of the promised land : a slave family in the Old South / John Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger.
Publisher Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Subject: Thomas, Sally, 1787-1850 Thomas, Sally, 1787-1850 -- Family. Thomas family Rapier family Slaves -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Biography. African Americans -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Biography. African American families -- Southern States -- Case studies. Slavery -- Southern States -- Case studies. Nashville (Tenn.) -- Biography. Nashville (Tenn.) -- Race relations.
Isbn: 0195160878 (acid-free paper) 0195160886 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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System Items Available: 1
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Call Number: 929.2 Fra
Oclc: 56922466
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Bib Id: 234045

Format: Book
Author: Franklin, John Hope, 1915-2009
Title: In search of the promised land : a slave family in the Old South / John Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger.
Publisher, Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Description: xvii, 286 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Series: New narratives in American history
Series: New narratives in American history
Subjects: Thomas, Sally, 1787-1850
Subjects: Thomas, Sally, 1787-1850 -- Family.
Subjects: Thomas family
Subjects: Rapier family
Subjects: Slaves -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Biography.
Subjects: African Americans -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Biography.
Subjects: African American families -- Southern States -- Case studies.
Subjects: Slavery -- Southern States -- Case studies.
Subjects: Nashville (Tenn.) -- Biography.
Subjects: Nashville (Tenn.) -- Race relations.
Other Author: Schweninger, Loren
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-282) and index.
LCCN: 2004061666
ISBN: 0195160878 (acid-free paper)
ISBN: 0195160886 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 929.2 Fra