Examination of the records of the Baltimore City and County Jail dockets for 1831 through 1864 showing records of prisoners who were identified as runaway slaves in addition to deserting seamen, runaway indentured servants, deserting soldiers, and runaway apprentices.
Collection contains an index to the Slave Registers, Mayor's Register of Coloured Persons or Negro Entry Book, and returns filed within the county. There are official records for slaves and their children in Lancaster County, as well as freemen within Lancaster City. Also includes bills of sale, a manumission paper, and a certificate for free persons of color.
[compiled by] Billy G. Smith and Richard Wojtowicz.
Place of Publication
University of Pennsylvania Press,
Date of Publication
222 p. : ill., facsims., map ; 23 cm.
Bibliography: p. -178.
Reprints ads for runaway slaves in Pennsylvania. Includes a glossary, a name index that permits runaways and owners to be traced over time, a subject index that identifies specific characteristics of escapees, and a final index that notes the names of fugitives and owners who appeared in all the Gazette ads between 1728 and 1790. [from amazon.com]
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-239) and index.
African American resources at Lancaster County Historical Society
Chapters: THE ESCAPE // BLACK IMAGES IN WHITE MINDS // THE CHASE // THE RIOT // AFTERMATH // STRATAGEMS // THE TRIAL // RACE, VIOLENCE , AND LAW // RACE, RIOTS AND LAW // CONCLUSION
"This book tells the story of a riot that erupted on September 11, 1851 at Christiana, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and of the people whose lives were changed forever by that violent event. Shortly after dawn on that day, Lancaster's African-American community rose up in arms against attempted enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850; and, in the course of saving four men from the federal posse charged to reenslave them, rioters killed the Maryland farmer who was trying to reclaim his human chattel." [from the introduction]
xv, 540 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -519) and index.
Beginnings: 1800 to 1830 -- Connections: The 1830s -- Confrontation: The 1840s -- Victory: The 1850s.
Against a backdrop of the country's westward expansion, which brought together Easterners who had engaged in slavery primarily in the abstract alongside slaveholding Southerners and their slaves, arose a clash of values that evolved into a fierce fight for nothing less than the country's soul. Beginning six decades before the Civil War, freedom-seeking blacks and pious whites worked together to save tens of thousands of lives, often at the risk of great physical danger to themselves. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only subverted federal law but also went against prevailing mores.Flawlessly researched and uncommonly engaging, Bound for Canaan, shows why it was the Underground Railroad and not the Civil Rights movement that gave birth to this country's first racially-integrated, religiously-inspired movement for social change. [from the publisher]
Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-208) and index.
The dictates of humanity -- Knowledge unfits a child to be a slave -- Ran away from the subscriber -- Tell them I love them all -- Let not the sun go down on your anger, my boy -- Up like bucks: the Rankin boys -- States of matter divide the states -- Deeds of bold daring -- Many years under the yoke -- The conductor was, himself, presently enslaved.
Part I. Radical, young, and quaker: child pioneers of the underground -- Part II. Up like bucks: the line through Ripley -- Part III. Taking their freedom: young free blacks and fugitive children.