Slavery's Metropolis

Rashauna Johnson (Author)

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Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
January 18, 2018
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.59 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Rashauna Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.


'Via the Atlantic slave trade or the Haitian Revolution, Slavery's Metropolis offers a compelling narrative regarding the relocation of people of African descent to New Orleans. Johnson's impressive research reminds her readers that although black men, women, and children occasionally found windows to escape, their journey to New Orleans typically represented the end of freedom. This is a timely and important contribution to the fields of early African American and urban history.' Erica Armstrong Dunbar, University of Delaware
'In this marvelous book, Rashauna Johnson talks back to a whitewashed history of New Orleans. She strips back layers to reveal how slaves made the city in a revolutionary era, how they were simultaneously set in motion and confined. Slavery's Metropolis will be relished by students of slavery and urban life in the United States and the broader Atlantic World.' Adam Rothman, Georgetown University, Washington
'Slavery's Metropolis is an extraordinary work, full of intellectual insights and archival discoveries. Professor Johnson has linked sources and read against the grain to reveal a picture of enslaved people's lives that will in turn change how we understand the elusive concept 'Atlantic World.' And it's a good read.' Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University