"At Freedom's Edge" Analytical Essay by Peerless

"At Freedom's Edge"
A review of the book "At Freedom's Edge: Black Mobility and the White Southern Quest for Racial Control" by William Cohen.
# 6168 | 1,250 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Racism)


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This book discusses the black slaves struggle for independence and freedom from their slave owners and their attempt for economic Independence and freedom of mobility. It explains how the African Americans of the South have always had the ability to "vote with their feet" and the greatest way they did this was by fleeing to the North.

From the Paper:

"African-American individuals have always achieved a form of essential, human freedom through motion. But simply because individuals view themselves as possessing inalienable rights of freedom and of motion does not mean that these ideals have been upheld by the legal structures of the United States government. During the slavery era, African-American mobility in its most essential form was curtailed by the Supreme Court through the court's Dred Scott decision. ("Dred Scott Case" The Columbia Encyclopedia Online) The Dred Scott decision labeled black American slaves as property that could be returned from northern free states to southern slave states."

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