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Author Rothman, Adam, 1971-

Title Beyond freedom's reach : kidnapping in the twilight of slavery / Adam Rothman.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource (263 pages) : illustrations, maps
text file PDF
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- Pointe Coupée -- New Orleans -- War -- Justice -- Reunion -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Rose Herera's petition.
Summary Born into slavery in rural Louisiana, Rose Herera was bought and sold several times before being purchased by the De Hart family of New Orleans. Still a slave, she married and had children, who also became the property of the De Harts. But after Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862 during the American Civil War, Herera's owners fled to Havana, taking three of her small children with them. Just how far the rights of freed slaves extended was unclear to black and white people alike, and so when Mary De Hart returned to New Orleans in 1865 to visit friends, she was surprised to find herself taken into custody as a kidnapper. The case of Rose Herera's abducted children made its way through New Orleans' courts, igniting a custody battle that revealed the prospects and limits of justice during Reconstruction. Rose Herera's perseverance brought her children's plight to the attention of members of the U.S. Senate and State Department, who turned a domestic conflict into an international scandal.
Language In English.
Access Access restricted to Ryerson students, faculty and staff. CaOTR
Local Note eBooks on EBSCOhost EBSCO eBook Subscription Academic Collection - North America
Subject Herrera, Rose, approximately 1835-
African American women -- Louisiana -- Biography.
Freedmen -- Louisiana -- Biography.
Kidnapping -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Custody of children -- United States -- Case studies.
Mother and child -- United States -- Case studies.
Slavery -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Cuba -- History -- 19th century.
Louisiana -- Biography.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Case studies.
Added Title Kidnapping in the twilight of slavery
Other Form: Print version: Rothman, Adam, 1971- Beyond freedom's reach 9780674368125 (DLC) 2014029348 (OCoLC)902801815
ISBN 9780674425132 (electronic bk.)
0674425138 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.4159/9780674425132