The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2005 - Social Science - 307 pages
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In the spring of 1848 seventy-six slaves from the nation's capital hid aboard a schooner called the Pearl in an attempt to sail down the Potomac River and up the Chesapeake Bay to freedom in Pennsylvania. When inclement weather forced them to ancho
  

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Contents

Slavery in the Nations Capital
15
Escape Attempt
48
Men Of Extraordinary Courage
71
The Chaplain and the Slaver
92
The Edmondsons
112
The Trials
140
Congress Confronts Slavery
166
Congress Runaways and the Slave Trade
191
The Aftermath
215
Conclusion
243
Notes
247
Index
295
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Page 7 - States, and to abolish slavery in those portions of our territory which the Constitution has placed under its exclusive jurisdiction.
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Josephine F. Pacheco (1920-2008) was Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at George Mason University, where she directed the Center for the Study of Constitutional Rights. She coauthored, edited, or coedited six other books, including Three Who Dared: Prudence Crandall, Margaret Douglass, Myrtilla Miner: Champions of Antebellum Black Education.

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