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Running From Bondage

Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight For Freedom In Revolutionary America

Karen Cook Bell

Running from Bondage tells the compelling stories of enslaved women, who comprised one-third of all runaways, and the ways in which they fled or attempted to flee bondage during and after the Revolutionary War. Karen Cook Bell's enlightening and original contribution to the study of slave resistance in eighteenth-century America explores the individual and collective lives of these women and girls of diverse circumstances, while also providing details about what led them to escape. She demonstrates that there were in fact two wars being waged during the Revolutionary Era: a political revolution for independence from Great Britain and a social revolution for emancipation and equality in which Black women played an active role. Running from Bondage broadens and complicates how we study and teach this momentous event, one that emphasizes the chances taken by these 'Black founding mothers' and the important contributions they made to the cause of liberty.

 

Karen Cook Bell is Associate Professor of History at Bowie State University. She is the author of Claiming Freedom: Race, Kinship, and Land in Nineteenth-Century Georgia, which won the Georgia Board of Regents Excellence in Research Award. She specializes in the studies of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and women's history.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 1, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1108831540
  • ISBN-13: 9781108831543
  • Item Weight: 1.23 pounds
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 9.2 inches