Table of contents for In search of the promised land : a Black family and the Old South / John Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger.

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The Descendants of Sally Thomas


1. Sally Thomas: A Life in Bondage

Virtual Freedom

Sally's Children

Sally's Son James

Sally's Grandchildren: The Rapier Boys

2. From Slavery to Freedom

The Domestic Slave Trade

James Thomas: The Boyhood Years


3. Travels in the North and West

Nashville's Black Community

The Changing Attitudes of Whites

A Fugitive Slave in the North

The California Gold Rush

The Epidemic's Shadow

4. In Search of Canaan

Bound for Nicaragua

The Dilemma of John Rapier Sr.

The Minnesota Territory

Canada West and James Thomas Rapier

5. The Midwest, Haiti, and Jamaica

Into "Bleeding Kansas"

Steamboating on the Mississippi

John Rapier Jr. in the Caribbean

6. The Mighty Scourge of War

James Thomas in St. Louis

John Rapier Jr.'s Continuing Odyssey

The War's End


Afterword: Through the Prism of a Black Family

About the Sources

Appendix 1: Petitions of Ephraim Foster and James Thomas to the Davidson County Court, 1851

Appendix 2: John Rapier Sr. to Richard Rapier, April 8, 1945

Appendix 3: John Rapier Jr. to James Thomas, July 28, 1861

Selected Bibliography on Slavery


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Thomas, Sally, -- 1787-1850.
Thomas, Sally, -- 1787-1850 -- Family.
Slaves -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Biography.
African Americans -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Biography.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Biography.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Race relations.
Thomas family.
Rapier family.
African American families -- Southern States -- Case studies.
Slavery -- Southern States -- Case studies.