The Kidnapping Club Wall Street, Slavery, and the Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War

Jonathan Daniel Wells (Author)

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Publisher: Bold Type Books
Format: Book
Binding: hb
Pages: 368
Released: October 20, 2020
ISBN-13: 9781568587523

In The Kidnapping Club, historian Jonathan Daniel Wells tells the story of the powerful network of judges, lawyers, and police officers who circumvented anti-slavery laws by sanctioning the kidnapping of free and fugitive African Americans. Nicknamed "The New York Kidnapping Club," the group had the tacit support of institutions from Wall Street to Tammany Hall whose wealth depended on the Southern slave and cotton trade. But a small cohort of abolitionists, including Black journalist David Ruggles, organized tirelessly for the rights of Black New Yorkers, often risking their lives in the process.

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