Kidnapping, the illegal and/or forcible removal of someone against their will, has a long history in the North American colonies and in the United States. It was an integral part of the institution of slavery from its establishment in British colonial North America in 1619 through its dismantling in 1863–65. The kidnapping of white Anglo women by Native Americans was a stock theme in captivity narratives from the Puritan settlements through to the antebellum years. Kidnapping was frequently associated with lynching in the late 19th and ...

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