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Black Townsmen

Urban Slavery and Freedom in the Eighteenth-Century Americas

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Part of the The Americas in the Early Modern Atlantic World book series (AEMAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mariana L. R. Dantas
    Pages 1-10
  3. Mariana L. R. Dantas
    Pages 47-69
  4. Mariana L. R. Dantas
    Pages 71-96
  5. Mariana L. R. Dantas
    Pages 97-125
  6. Mariana L. R. Dantas
    Pages 155-183
  7. Mariana L. R. Dantas
    Pages 185-191
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 193-280

About this book


This book is an innovative comparative study of persons of African origin and descent in two urban environments of the early modern Atlantic world. The author follows these men and women illustrating how their choices and actions placed them at the foreground of the development of Atlantic urban slavery and emancipation.


Africa African America comparative environment freedom liberty slavery space women

About the authors

MARIANA DANTAS is Assistant Professor of History, Ohio University, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Dantas's Black Townsmen is a well-researched book on the enslaved and free population of colour in Baltimore and Sabara in the long eighteenth century, and will be of great comparative use to researchers working on urban African-Americans in the Americas. - Silvia Espelt Bombin, Newcastle University