The Lost German Slave Girl

The Lost German Slave Girl

The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans

Book - 2003
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Louisiana, 1843: a German immigrant thinks she recognizes a young slave girl as the long-lost daughter of her German friend, but the girl has no memory of such a past, and her owner refuses to free her. In novelistic detail, historian John Bailey reconstructs the exotic sights, sounds, and smells of mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans, an "infernal motley crew" of cotton kings, decadent river workers, immigrants, and slaves. The dramatic trial offers an eye into the fascinating laws and customs surrounding slavery, immigration, and racial mixing, pitting a humble community of German immigrants against a hardened capitalist, as respected for his wealth and power as he is feared and distrusted, and his attorney, one of the brashest and most flamboyant lawyers of his time.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780871139214
0871139219
Characteristics: xiii, 268 p. ; 24 cm

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JCLBrentW Jul 18, 2017

Interesting, but I wanted more about the lives and less about the law.

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