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History of Slavery in NY Examined Through Runaways Notices

They were field hands, cooks, musicians and blacksmiths. Some were “well made,” others lame. A few showed ritual tribal scarring from their native Africa, others bore scars inflicted by their masters. All of them — some 600-plus men and women — were black slaves who bolted for freedom in upstate New York in the 1700s and early 1800s. The details of their escapes are included in a new book by two upstate historians who examine slavery in the Hudson Valley through a century of newspaper...

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