The Ohio River Valley as a Region
This chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history of African American settlement along the Ohio River and the economic consequences for the river. This book focuses on a critical time in the region's development, which is the period between the time when the system of labor, which was fundamental to the peoples of the south bank, was eliminated and the time when it was replaced by another system. It also examines why and how places on both shores were shaped by the presence or the absence of slavery and investigates what happened when slavery was abolished and free labor became the rule on both sides of the waterway.
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