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Author Bailey, John, 1944 December 15-

Title The lost German slave girl : the extraordinary true story of Sally Miller and her fight for freedom in old New Orleans / John Bailey.

Imprint New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2005].


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Reitz  305.8968729 M916Bb, 2005    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xiii, 268 p. ; 22 cm.
Note "First published in 2003 in Australia by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited, Sydney, Australia"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-268).
Contents Mary Miller -- Children of slaves -- Year without summer -- New Orleans -- Sally Miller -- John Fitz Miller -- Bridget Wilson -- Salome Muller -- First District Judicial Court of New Orleans -- Defense -- Judgment -- Appeal -- Presumption in favor of liberty -- Children of Salome Muller -- Polly Moore -- Nullity -- Woman who remembered nothing.
Summary Louisiana, 1843: a German immigrant thinks she recognizes a young slave girl as the long-lost daughter of her German friend, but the girl has no memory of such a past, and her owner refuses to free her. In novelistic detail, historian John Bailey reconstructs the exotic sights, sounds, and smells of mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans, an "infernal motley crew" of cotton kings, decadent river workers, immigrants, and slaves. The dramatic trial offers an eye into the fascinating laws and customs surrounding slavery, immigration, and racial mixing, pitting a humble community of German immigrants against a hardened capitalist, as respected for his wealth and power as he is feared and distrusted, and his attorney, one of the brashest and most flamboyant lawyers of his time.
Note 35902004207094 c.1 Special Collec. Reitz. Gift of Charles Reitz.
Subject Muller, Salome, approximately 1809-
Muller, Salome, approximately 1809- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Slaves -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
Women, White -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
German Americans -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
Trials -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Slavery -- Social aspects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 19th century.
New Orleans (La.) -- Race relations.
New Orleans (La.) -- Biography.
ISBN 0871139219

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