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Kidnapping was a lucrative crime in antebellum America, and many American citizens—especially free blacks—were abducted for profit. This book reveals the untold stories of the captured.

• Features portraits, sketches, and images of documents and newspaper articles related to kidnapping

• Identifies the numerous factors that led to the lucrative business of kidnapping

• Describes the physical and psychological subduing of victims

• Includes the perspectives of those who tried to help: educators, crusaders, rescuers, and cooperative slave owners

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