Belinda Sutton's Post-enslavement Petitions

The Isaac Royall House and Slave Quarters on March 6, 2016 in Medford, Massachusetts. Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images

After she became a free woman, Belinda Sutton successfully petitioned for compensation for her years of enslaved labor. This was one of many legal efforts of enslaved and formerly enslaved people to advocate for themselves in Massachusetts courts.

Topics in this Podcast: black history, slavery, Massachusetts, women, what the Civil War was about