'Israel on the Appomattox,' a Story of Freed Slaves

Melvin Patrick Ely's book Israel on the Appomattox tells the story of freed slaves at a Virginia community called Israel Hill. He traces Israel Hill from its founding in the 1790s to the Civil Rights era of the 1950s. Hear Ely and guest host Sheilah Kast.

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Israel on the Appomattox
Israel on the Appomattox

A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War

by Melvin Patrick Ely

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