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On Jordan’s BanksEmancipation and Its Aftermath in the Ohio River Valley$
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Darrel E. Bigham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123660.001.0001

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The Ohio River Valley as a Region

(p.5) Prologue
On Jordan’s Banks

Darrel E. Bigham

University Press of Kentucky

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.

Keywords:   Ohio River, African Americans, economic consequence, settlement, labor, slavery, free labor

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