Uneasy Slavery in Kentucky along the Ohio

Darrel E. Bigham

in On Jordan’s Banks

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123660
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134741 | DOI:
Uneasy Slavery in Kentucky along the Ohio

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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

Chapter.  8488 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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