City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856


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University of Georgia Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.43 inches | 0.47 pounds

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About the Author

MARCUS P. NEVIUS is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri. His scholarship has received support from the the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He has also published an article in History Compass and several book reviews in the Journal of African American History, Journal of Southern History, and H-Civil War. Follow him on twitter @marcneev.


In addition to a careful social history of this untamable land, Nevius has written a thoughtful reflection on the various 'landscapes of slavery' that spread over early America. He directly engages with the perennial problem of archival silence, reading all kinds of documents--tax records, work contracts, company orders--against the grain. In this way he enables at least some of the people who endured "swamp slavery" to tell us how they survived.--J. M. Opal "Journal of Southern History"
City of Refuge is a welcome addition to the scholarship. In it, many historians will find a useful history of the DSC and the DSCC. To be sure, Nevis's account uncovers a missing part of the story regarding Burwell's two runaway slaves and, in both a direct and an indirect way, the story of other runaways who considered the mire a safe haven.--Antonio T. Bly "Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas"