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Aiming for Pensacola

Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers

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$38.00 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674088221

Publication Date: 10/12/2015


272 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 halftones


Clavin traces Pensacola’s unique status as a pseudo-refuge from the colonial period through the Civil War. In addition to a groundbreaking perspective, the book offers a lively, engaging narrative that makes it appropriate for general readers as well as scholars.—S. C. Hyde, Choice

Just when some have declared the idea of slave resistance passé, Aiming for Pensacola brilliantly illustrates the political sophistication of the enslaved in taking advantage of social geography, abolitionist allies, and military conflicts to become architects of their own freedom. Clavin does nothing short of redefining the history of the underground railroad and spells out its forgotten emancipatory legacy.—Manisha Sinha, author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery

During the past fifty years, historians have gained an understanding of slave escape networks that existed in the United States prior to the Civil War. Usually the historians focus on the slaves who went from the Upper South into the North and Canada. By centering on events in and around Florida’s Gulf-Coast port city of Pensacola, Clavin convincingly demonstrates the similar importance of slave escape on the South’s southern periphery. In the process he provides striking examples of interracial cooperation within an international Atlantic context.—Stanley Harrold, author of Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War

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