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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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Uneasy Slavery in Kentucky along the Ohio

Uneasy Slavery in Kentucky along the Ohio

(p.12) (p.13) 1 Uneasy Slavery in Kentucky along the Ohio
On Jordan’s Banks

Darrel E. Bigham

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines slavery in the state of Kentucky along the Ohio River. It suggests that slavery was Kentucky's curse because it shared its porous northern border with an area of free territory, opponents of slavery were close by, and opportunities for slaves to run away were plentiful. It discusses trends in the African American population in the Ohio River counties and highlights the role of churches in representing the African Americans' desire for racial autonomy and self-expression.

Keywords:   slavery, Kentucky, Ohio River, free territory, African Americans, churches, racial autonomy, self-expression

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