Tells the true story of free African-American farmers’ struggles in early to mid-1800s.
The Northwest Territories of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin were initially free states where slavery was outlawed. As the area’s population grew, slavery was replaced by a lifetime of indentured servitude for many. Told through the eyes of one such free family, the book describes their struggles with the virgin farmland, neighbors, changing politics and harsh weather.
This well-researched tale is highly recommended for those interested in both African-American and midwestern history. 4 stars!
Thanks to Public Affairs and NetGalley for an advanced copy.