Netherlands American Studies Association

New Book Publication

UNC Press is pleased to announce the publication of Escape to the City: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum Urban South by Viola Franziska Müller. Müller is a social historian at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Viola Franziska Müller examines runaways who camouflaged themselves among the free Black populations in Baltimore, Charleston, New Orleans, and Richmond. In the urban South, they found shelter, work, and other survival networks that enabled them to live in slaveholding territory, shielded and supported by their host communities in an act of collective resistance to slavery.

For more information: https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469671062/escape-to-the-city/