Another book of possible interest would be:

        Kathryn Grover, "Make a Way Somehow: African-American Life in a Northern
Community, 1790-1965" (Syracuse University Press, 1994).  It deals with
Geneva, New York.

        The classic account of slavery in the Albany area in the late 18th century
is [Ann McVickar Grant -- usually known as Mrs. Grant or Mrs. Grant of
Laggan], "Memoirs of an American Lady," (London, 1808 and later editions,
including modern American scholarly reprints). Mrs. Grant spent her
childhood in Albany between the last French and Indian War and the
Revolution, and became a protege of Mrs. Schuyler and a keen observer of
Anglo-Dutch culture, including slavery as lived under the Dutch-speakers of
the Albany area. James Fenimore Cooper drew heavily on the book for the
descriptions of pre-Revolutionary Albany life in his novel "Satanstoe"

Hugh C. MacDougall
James Fenimore Cooper Society
8 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326-1016
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