By Dale Edwyna Smith
African americans in St. Louis—both slave and free—enjoyed larger autonomy and chance than these in city components of the South and East. Slaves within the urban set felony precedent by means of submitting hundreds of thousands of freedom matches, frequently in accordance with the prohibition opposed to slavery set by means of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. After a century within the zone, many blacks enlisted within the Union military through the Civil battle. Drawing on a variety of resources, the writer reports 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