New Philadelphia: An Archaeology of Race in the Heartland

New Philadelphia: An Archaeology of Race in the Heartland

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New Philadelphia, Illinois, was founded in 1836 by Frank McWorter, a Kentucky slave who purchased his own freedom and then acquired land on the prairie for establishing a new-and integrated-community. McWorter sold property to other freed slaves and to whites, and used the proceeds to buy his family out of slavery. The town population reached 160, but declined when the railroad bypassed it. By 1940 New Philadelphia had virtually disappeared from the landscape. In… (more)

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Publisher: University of California Press (October 17, 2010)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 240 pages

File size: 4.7 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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