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The Alchemy of Slavery: Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730–1865 by M. Scott Heerman (review)

The Alchemy of Slavery: Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730–1865 by M.... revi ews The Alchemy of Slavery: Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730–1865. By M. Scott Heerman. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. Pp. 248. Cloth, $45.00.) This brisk and elegant book charts what its author calls the “entangled history of human bondage in one region that foregrounds how different iterations of enslavement mutually played out simultaneously” (7–8). The region is the Illinois Country and later the state of Illinois, often espe- cially its southern third. The entanglements are with indigenous presence; transatlantic and internal slave trades; the empires of France, Britain, and the United States; and the bordering empire of Spain for a time. As such, The Alchemy of Slavery is important as a local study of slavery and eman- cipation and at the same time a significant contribution to transimperial and even borderlands history. Heerman also offers critical reflections on law and social relations, showing how statutes and litigation did not simply shape practice but became a terrain of struggle between enslaved and enslavers. Paired with Tiya Miles’s prizewinning The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (2017), The Alchemy of Slavery announces a new moment in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Alchemy of Slavery: Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730–1865 by M. Scott Heerman (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 10 (1) – Mar 2, 2020

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revi ews The Alchemy of Slavery: Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730–1865. By M. Scott Heerman. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. Pp. 248. Cloth, $45.00.) This brisk and elegant book charts what its author calls the “entangled history of human bondage in one region that foregrounds how different iterations of enslavement mutually played out simultaneously” (7–8). The region is the Illinois Country and later the state of Illinois, often espe- cially its southern third. The entanglements are with indigenous presence; transatlantic and internal slave trades; the empires of France, Britain, and the United States; and the bordering empire of Spain for a time. As such, The Alchemy of Slavery is important as a local study of slavery and eman- cipation and at the same time a significant contribution to transimperial and even borderlands history. Heerman also offers critical reflections on law and social relations, showing how statutes and litigation did not simply shape practice but became a terrain of struggle between enslaved and enslavers. Paired with Tiya Miles’s prizewinning The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (2017), The Alchemy of Slavery announces a new moment in

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 2, 2020

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