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North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom By Milton C. Sernett,

  • Title: North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom
  • Author: Milton C. Sernett
  • ISBN: 9780815629153
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • The compelling and wide ranging tale that examines the moral choices made by blacks and whites of New York State to aid the newly freed slaves to secure the promise of freedom The North Star was both an astronomical reference guiding slaves north to freedom, and a symbol of the moral enterprise that sought to end slavery This crusade for freedom in the north was born ofThe compelling and wide ranging tale that examines the moral choices made by blacks and whites of New York State to aid the newly freed slaves to secure the promise of freedom The North Star was both an astronomical reference guiding slaves north to freedom, and a symbol of the moral enterprise that sought to end slavery This crusade for freedom in the north was born of the religious revivals of the 1820s and 1830s in central and western New York known as the Burned Over District, which lit the fires that eventually burst into the conflagration of the Civil War Milton C Sernett begins with a history of slavery in upstate New York and ends with John Brown s execution and burial in the Adirondacks He includes great abolitionists among them Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Beriah Green, Jermain Lougen, and Samuel May and many lesset known characters who rescued fugitives from slave hunters, maintained safe houses along the Underground Railroad, and otherwise furthered the cause of freedom.
    North Star Country Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom The compelling and wide ranging tale that examines the moral choices made by blacks and whites of New York State to aid the newly freed slaves to secure the promise of freedom The North Star was both

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    1. Sernett weaves together a complicated narrative that illustrates the important role that Central New York played in antebellum sectional debates Beginning with the Second Great Awakening, he illustrates that of the myriad reform movements born throughout the Burned Over District none was influential than immediatism the uncompensated abolition of slavery Charles G Finney s emphasis on perfecting society created abolitionist hubs in which a loose patchwork of moral reformers labored to save sout [...]

    2. With this book, Milton C Sernett has done an excellent job presenting the abolitionist movement in western New York State including an array of individualists, who affected its spread and beliefs Despite its subtitle Upstate New York and , this book does not cover Albany, the Capital District or the Adirondacks The book is well researched and documented, and has excellent notes and bibliography The book unfortunately has an short index making easy reference difficult While packed with interestin [...]

    3. Milton Sernett has given us a liberation geography of the BurntOver District in New York with a commendable emphasis on the African American presence The interweaving of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Lucretia Mott, Susan B Anthony, Amy Post, William Seward, Gerrit Smith, John Brown and a host of others demonstrates how ideas sped along the Erie Canal, down the Finger Lakes, across the Mohawk Great traceable sources and accessible prose make this a hidden treasure of history books in recent [...]

    4. Amazing, well researched book about Upstate New York and its pivotal role in the abolition movement As a resident of this region, I find myself very proud to read about the characters that inhabited this place A great read, I highly recommend it

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