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South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

Historian Alice Baumgartner tells the surprising story of enslaved people in the 19th century who escaped not to the northern states or Canada but to Mexico. Tracing how Mexico’s abolition of slavery in 1837 and increasingly radical antislavery policies spurred on the growing crisis between the states north of the border, Baumgartner reorients our understanding of the American Civil War. Though fewer in number than those who fled north on the Underground Railroad, the stories of those who fled south to freedom are no less important, providing a revelatory and necessary perspective on slavery in North America. Alice Baumgartner is an assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and an M.Phil in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford. Her first book, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War, was selected as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review and as a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in History.
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