Matthew Clavin

Aiming for Pensacola

Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers

Harvard University Press 2015

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We all know that most runaway African-American slaves fled north in pursuit of freedom. Most, but not all. Some also fled to Pensacola, a...

We all know that most runaway African-American slaves fled north in pursuit of freedom. Most, but not all. Some also fled to Pensacola, a city located in (of all places) the Deep South. In his excellent book Aiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers (Harvard University Press, 2015), historian Matthew Clavin examines how Pensacola became a destination for fugitive slaves, how the runaways got there, and what they did after they arrived. Listen in.


Adam McNeil is a soon-to-be PhD in History and Colored Conventions Project Fellow at the University of Delaware. He can be reached on Twitter @CulturedModesty.

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