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By Douglas Flamming

From colonial instances to the current, this quantity captures the reviews of the westward migration of African american citizens. in keeping with the newest study, it deals a clean examine the numerous methods African american citizens influenced—and have been stimulated by—the improvement of the U.S. frontier.African american citizens within the West covers the increase of the slave alternate to its growth into what used to be on the time the westernmost usa; from the post–Civil conflict migrations, together with the Exodusters who fled the South for Kansas in 1879 to the mid–20th century civil rights circulation, which observed many serious occasions ensue within the West—from the association of the Black Panthers in Oakland to the tragic Watts riots in l. a..

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Thomas Jefferson, for example, sold nearly 80 slaves to stave off his mounting economic troubles. The movement of slaves westward was so monumental it might well be viewed as a separate stage of the African diaspora in the Americas. Whether slaves were shipped west by traders or transported there by masters, they were easily spotted. Because movement suggested an opportunity for escape, groups of slaves were chained together in long coffles— in a manner reminiscent of the African slave trade. Some were transported Frontiers of Slavery and Freedom, 1815–1865 27 African American slaves operating one of the first cotton gins in the Carolinas.

But it was in sleepy Los Angeles that Hannah and Biddy and the Smiths found themselves at the center of a slavery controversy. Frontiers of Slavery and Freedom, 1815–1865 23 It happened this way: Living in Los Angeles was a black family—the Owens family—Robert and Minnie and their children, who had once been slaves in Texas. Robert had managed to purchase his own freedom and then Minnie’s; then both worked until they purchased their three children. Once all of the family was freed in 1853, the Owens family left Texas and pushed westward to Los Angeles.

It is not necessary here to dwell on Turner’s thesis, which has been critiqued and prodded from every angle imaginable. ” From this perspective the West was not a single place, not a definable region. The West was the frontier, gradually, sometimes explosively, moving across the continent. When historians write about the West as a “process,” that is what they mean: the West as the frontier process. 2. The West as a Specific Region within the United States Today, this way of thinking about the West is perhaps more familiar to readers than is the “frontier” West.

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