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Northern slave, black Dakota : the life and times of Joseph Godfrey / Walt Bachman.

Bachman, Walt, (author.).

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Fosston Public Library 921 COD (Text) 33500011017837 Main Checked out 01/21/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780985009908
  • ISBN: 098500990X
  • Physical Description: xx, 412 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Bloomington, Minnesota : Pond Dakota Press, 2013

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-375) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"Separated from his mother when their master sold her, Joseph Godfrey grew up in bondage serving Minnesota's fur-trade elite. Escaping his masters' beatings, Godfrey sought refuge among the Dakota Indians who had befriended him as a child slave. Conscripted to join Dakota warriors in the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, Godfrey became the first of hundreds of men tried by a military court when the six-week war ended. Commander Henry Sibley, who created the court, was one of Godfrey's former masters. Sibley approved the death sentences of Godfrey and 302 Dakota soldiers. In this riveting biography, historian and retired trial lawyer Walt Bachman untangles the thorny questions that tangle Godfrey's story: How was he enslaved in free territory? Did his testimony send 38 Dakota men, including his father-in-law, to the gallows? Bachman argues that the 1862 Dakota War trials that ended with the largest mass execution in U.S. history, were both more just, and more unfair, than we've ever guessed."
Author Notes

Walt Bachman, a Minnesotan transplanted to New York, is a historian and retired lawyer. "Northern Slave, Black Dakota" is his second book. His first, "Law v. Life," recounts the realities of life as an American trial lawyer. His forthcoming book will document the U.S. army's role in fostering the spread of slavery via a pay system that rewarded federal officers for using slaves as servants in free states and territories.Author's Home: Woodbury, MN Other Books By Author: Bachman's first book, Law v. Life: What Lawyers Are Afraid to Say about the Legal Profession (Four Directions Press, 1995), is a series of essays depicting the realities of the life of a trial lawyer in America.

Subject: Godfrey, Joseph, 1827-1909.
Dakota Indians > Biography.
African Americans > Biography.
Fugitive slaves > United States > Biography.
African Americans > Relations with Indians
Dakota Indians > Wars, 1862-1865.
Minnesota > History.
Minnesota > Race relations.

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