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The Kidnapping Club

The Kidnapping Club by Jonathan Daniel Wells is an eye-opening history of antebellum New York’s dirtiest secrets.

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Urbane and bustling, New York City is often considered the epitome of “Northern-ness.” However, in the decades before the Civil War, the city’s interests were very much in line with those of Southern cotton farmers. Through its finance, insurance and shipping industries, New York probably profited from slave labor more than any other city in…

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