by Jonathan Daniel Wells

Winner of a 2020-2021 New York City Book Award

In a rapidly changing New York, two forces battled for the city’s soul: the pro-slavery New Yorkers who kept the illegal slave trade alive and well, and the abolitionists fighting for freedom.

We often think of slavery as a southern phenomenon, far removed from the booming cities of the North. But even though slavery had been outlawed in Gotham by the 1830s, Black New Yorkers were not safe. Not only was the city built on the backs of slaves; it was essential in keeping slavery and the slave trade alive.

Interview with the Author

Keen On
Jonathan Daniel Wells: The Deep Ties Between Slavery and Capitalism
10/20/20         24 min

Leonard Lopate at Large ON WBAI Radio in New York
Jonathan Daniel Wells on his book The Kidnapping Club
1/28/21        55 min

This Week in Black History, Society, and Culture
Interview with Jonathan Daniel Wells on his Book The Kidnapping Club
2/14/21        67 min

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