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Re: Florida Contrabands in New York

I haven't read the book, but it was very common for labor recruits to go tot he south to find ex-slaves and transport them north. The Freedmen's Bureau records contains numerous lists, records and reports. I would try searching through those records for clues. You might also want to look at local newspapers, if any survive for that time period, as the agents often advertised in newspapers.

And finally, you might want to check the records of the various freedmen aid societies. I know the American Missionary Association (AMA) was heavily involved in helping ex-slaves, but am uncertain if their work took them to Florida. If the AMA was invovled in FL, you can check Clifton H. Johnson's, Index to the A.M.A. The records are available on microfilm and should be available at college/university libraries, or by interlibrary loan.

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