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Southern swamp holds clues about runaway slaves

The oppressive heat, venomous serpents and boot-snatching muck that made the Great Dismal Swamp a barrier to European settlement ever since colonial times also made it a haven for thousands of people escaping slavery before the Civil War.

Monday - 07/04/2011, 01:16pm EDT

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