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Book Review: Beyond Freedom's Reach - A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery

By Maureen L. Rowland

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Beyond Freedom's Reach
A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery

By Adam Rothman
Harvard University Press (2015)


Lincoln freed the slaves, right? Not exactly. The Emancipation Proclamation, effective Jan. 1, 1863, only applied to those states that took up arms against the Union. It did not apply to slaveholding states that remained loyal to the Union. And, it was an Executive Order, not an Act of Congress. Lincoln issued it while the war still raged, so he dedicated Federal troops to the enforcement of the Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation did apply to Louisiana. This is where the story begins.

In May 1862, Union forces captured New Orleans and held it for the rest of the war. At this time our heroine, Rose Herera, was married to a free man of color and had four young children. James De Hart and his wife, Mary De Hart, owned Rose and her children. Apparently, seeing the writing on the wall, the De Harts made arrangements to move to Cuba — a very slave-frien

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