Amy Godine’s new history, The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier (Cornell Univ. Press, 2023) chronicles the history of Black pioneers in New York’s northern wilderness.
From the late 1840s into the 1860s, they migrated to the Adirondacks to build farms and to vote. On their new-worked land, they could meet the $250 property requirement New York’s constitution imposed on Black voters in 1821, and claim the rights of citizenship. [Read more…] about The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier