Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee

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Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee

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Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee

by Bill Carey

In this fascinating book, author Bill Carey argues that slavery was embedded in every level of Tennessee society; that many families who didn’t own slaves leased them; that local governments used slave labor; that court officials routinely sold small children away from their families; and that professional slave traders operated in all parts of the state. Primarily relying on newspapers and first-person accounts, Carey points out that slavery affected all levels of society and that every resident of antebellum Tennessee would have been accustomed to the sight and sound of enslaved “chain gangs” (known as coffles) being herded from one place to another.

Hardback, 350 pages

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