The past several years have seen a new energy and heightened scholarly attention to many diverse aspects of American race-based slavery. Details of the economic complexities of the slave trade, for example, have been studied intensely. This general movement has brought many new and old conversations into the mainstream—some for the first time—and reemphasized the centrality of slavery to the American experience before, during, and after the Civil War. However, there still remain many myths, problematic archetypes, and stereotypes associated with American slavery and its component parts. Perhaps the greatest of the myths are those that persist about the system itself.
"Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 20
, Article 19.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol20/iss2/19