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Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War

Author: Melvin Patrick Ely
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2005, ©2004.
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WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZEA New York Times Book Review and Atlantic Monthly Editors' ChoiceThomas Jefferson denied that whites and freed blacks could live together in harmony. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not only disagreed, but made it possible for ninety African Americans to prove Jefferson wrong. Israel on the Appomattox tells the story of these liberated blacks and the community they formed, called Israel  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Named Person: White family.; Richard Randolph; Richard Randolph; White family.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Melvin Patrick Ely
ISBN: 9780307773425 0307773426
OCLC Number: 712652424
Description: 1 online resource (737 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: The view from Israel Hill, 1863 --
Liberty and happiness --
The promised land --
Work --
Challenges --
Law and order --
Worldviews --
Progress and struggle --
Appomattox and the new birth of freedom --
The search for meaning in the southern free black experience.
Responsibility: Melvin Patrick Ely.

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WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZEA New York Times Book Review and Atlantic Monthly Editors' ChoiceThomas Jefferson denied that whites and freed blacks could live together in harmony. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not only disagreed, but made it possible for ninety African Americans to prove Jefferson wrong. Israel on the Appomattox tells the story of these liberated blacks and the community they formed, called Israel Hill, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. There, ex-slaves established farms, navigated the Appomattox River, and became entrepreneurs. Free blacks and whites did business with one another, sued each other, worked side by side for equal wages, joined forces to found a Baptist congregation, moved west together, and occasionally settled down as man and wife. Slavery cast its grim shadow, even over the lives of the free, yet on Israel Hill we discover a moving story of hardship and hope that defies our expectations of the Old South. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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