The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812

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Images of American slavery conjure up cotton plantations and African American slaves locked in bondage until the Civil War. Yet early on in the nineteenth century the state of slavery was very different, and the political vicissitudes of the young nation offered diverse possibilities to slaves. In the century's first two decades, the nation waged war against Britain, Spain, and various Indian tribes. Slaves played a role in the military operations, and the different sides viewed them as a potential source of manpower. While ...

The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 2013, Palgrave MacMillan, New York

ISBN-13: 9780230342088

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