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Dawn of Detroit

A Chronicle of Bondage and Freedom in the City of the Straits
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: History, American
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Most Americans believe that slavery was a creature of the South, and that Northern states and territories provided stops on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves on their way to Canada. In this paradigm-shifting book, celebrated historian Tiya Miles reveals that slavery was at the heart of the Midwest's iconic city: Detroit.

In this richly researched and eye-opening book, Miles has pieced together the experience of the unfree - both native and African American - in the frontier outpost of Detroit, a place wildly remote yet at the center of national and international conflict. Skillfully assembling fragments of a distant historical record, Miles introduces new historical figures and unearths struggles that remained hidden from view until now. The result is fascinating history, little explored and eloquently told, of the limits of freedom in early America, one that adds new layers of complexity to the story of a place that exerts a strong fascination in the media and among public intellectuals, artists, and activists.

A book that opens the door on a completely hidden past, The Dawn of Detroit is a powerful and elegantly written history, one that completely changes our understanding of slavery's American legacy.

©2017 Tiya Miles (P)2017 Tantor

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"A necessary work of powerful, probing scholarship." ( Library Journal, Starred Review)

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book was easy to follow at increased speed. very informative, new information, good textbook reading

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Great!

Loved this! The reader is incredible, the accents she employs makes the historical quotes so much more understandable. And the text was great, I especially enjoyed the final section of conclusions. She really succeeds in her goal to upturn certain narratives.

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