North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom (New York State History and Culture) (Paperback)

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North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom (New York State History and Culture) By Milton Sernett Cover Image


North Star Country is the story of the remarkable transformation of Upstate New York's famous 'Burned over District;' where the flames of religious revival sparked an abolitionist movement that eventually burst into the conflagration of the Civil War.

Milton C. Sernett details the regional presence of African Americans from the pre-Revolutionary War era through the Civil War, both as champions of liberty and as beneficiaries of a humanitarian spirit generated from evangelical impulses. He includes in his narrative the struggles of great abolitionists--among them Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Beriah Green, Jermain Loguen, and Samuel May--and of many lesser-known characters who rescued fugitives from slave hunters, maintained safe houses along the Underground Railroad, and otherwise furthered the cause of freedom both regionally and in the nation as a whole.

Sernett concludes with a compelling examination of the moral choices made during the Civil War by upstate New Yorkers--both black and white--and of the post-Appomattox campaign to secure freedom for the newly emancipated.

About the Author

Milton C. Sernett is professor emeritus of African American studies and history at Syracuse University. He is the author of Abolition's Axe: Beriah Green, Oneida Institute, and the Black Freedom Struggle and Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780815629153
ISBN-10: 081562915X
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2001
Pages: 372
Language: English
Series: New York State History and Culture