The lost German slave girl : the extraordinary true story of Sally Miller and her fight for freedom in Old New Orleans

by Bailey, John, 1944 December 15-

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Biography 92 MULLER Salome
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 MULLER Salome
Brentwood Library Biography 92 M61 Miller
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 M61 Miller
CLP - Homewood Non-Fiction Collection F379.N553 M553 2003x
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  F379.N553 M553 2003x
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F379.N553 M553 2003x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  F379.N553 M553 2003x
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 306.362 B
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  306.362 B
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 342.087 B33
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  342.087 B33
Oakmont Carnegie Library Biography B MIL
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B MIL
Upper St. Clair Township Library Biography & Memoir 92 MULLER Salome
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Biography & Memoir
Call Number  92 MULLER Salome
It is a spring morning in New Orleans, 1843. In the Spanish Quarter, on a street lined with flophouses and gambling dens, Madame Carl recognizes the face of a German girl who disappeared twenty-five years earlier. But the olive-skinned woman is a slave, with no memory of a white past. And yet her resemblance to her mother is striking, and she bears two telltale birthmarks. Had a defenseless European orphan been illegally enslaved, or was she an imposter? So begins one of the most celebrated and sensational trials of nineteenth-century America. In brilliant novelistic detail, award-winning historian John Bailey uses Miller's dramatic trial to describe the fascinating laws and customs surrounding slavery, immigration, and racial mixing. Did Miller, as her relatives sought to prove, arrive from Germany under perilous circumstances as an indentured servant or was she, as her master claimed, a slave for life? The trial pits a humble community of German immigrants against a hardened capitalist and one of the most flamboyant lawyers of his time. Bailey follows the case's incredible twists and turns all the way to the Supreme Court and comes to a shocking conclusion in this investigative history that reads like a suspense novel.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Bailey plays historical detective as he re-creates one of the most sensational trial cases of the nineteenth century. Recognized by a former neighbor in New Orleans in 1843 as Salome Muller, the dusky-skinned daughter of German immigrants who disappeared 25 years earlier, Sally Miller, a slave with virtually no memory of her white past, quickly became the focal point of a controversial lawsuit waged on her behalf to gain her freedom. In addition to attempting to unravel this compelling mystery, Bailey also details the complex network of slave laws that necessarily impacted the course of this intriguing case. Putting his own spin on the courtroom proceedings, the author views this historical drama through a modern lens. This fast-paced legal reconstruction reads like a work of fiction. --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2004 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Who was Sally Miller: was she Salom? Miller, a long-lost German immigrant girl enslaved by a Southern planter? Or was she really a light-skinned black woman, shrewd enough to exploit her only opportunity for freedom? Bailey (The White Diver of Broome) keeps us guessing until the end in this page-turning true courtroom drama of 19th-century New Orleans. Bailey opens the story in 1843, when a friend of the Schubers-a local family of German immigrants-discovered Miller outside her owner Louis Belmonti's house. Struck by her remarkable resemblance to their late cousin Dorothea Miller, and unusual birthmarks exactly like he daughter Salom?'s, the Schubers claimed Sally as kin and set about trying to prove her identity as Salom? and obtain her freedom. Bailey brings to life the fierce legal proceedings with vivid strokes. The case was controversial because it wasn't Belmonti but her previous owner, the perfect Southern gentleman John Fitz Miller, who faced disgrace if proved to have forced a white German girl into slavery. Bailey elucidates the bewildering array of possible identities turned up for Sally by numerous witnesses as well as the complexities of 19th-century Louisiana slave law and the status of black women. Sally herself remains an enigma at the center of this highly engrossing tale. Agent, Catherine Drayton of Arthur Pine Associates. 50,000 first printing. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Müller, Salomé, -- approximately 1809-
Müller, Salomé, -- approximately 1809- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Slaves -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
Women, White -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
German Americans -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
Trials -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Slavery -- Social aspects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 19th century.
New Orleans (La.) -- Race relations.
New Orleans (La.) -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Atlantic Monthly Press,2005
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Description xiii, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-268).
ISBN 0871139219
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