Pages 67-69 describe slaves and indentured servants in New York City, "typically in the city, husband and wife had different owners--meant it was not at all unusual for one or more family members to remain enslaved for some time after their kin had achieved freedom...." Page 70 describes how court records detail, "involvement of very young African American females in violence against their owners. ...December 1811, an eight year old black servant girl having been whipped by her mistress, used a burning log from the kitchen fire to try and incinerate her owner's stables." .."arson was among the most atrocious of human offences."
To me the book was very disappointing, lacked coherence and flow and I decided not to read further, too many other good books to read. Too bad, but it did not work trying to piece a tale from legal and court records. I give this only 1 *, and have donated it to the library sale.