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Complicated lives : free Blacks in Virginia, 1619-1865

Author: Sherri Burr
Publisher: Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This narrative nonfiction book contains stories of people of African origin who were never enslaved, born free, or who obtained liberty through court proceedings in the U.S. They lived in a society that sought to systematically deprive them of liberty and other human rights. This history of Free Blacks in Virginia reveals the human ability to persevere against adverse odds arising from the color of their skin, or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sherri Burr
ISBN: 9781531016173 1531016170
OCLC Number: 1121104166
Description: xvi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: African origins --
The voyage --
Virginia --
Property --
Transforming servitude --
Restrictions on population growth and civil liberties --
The Revolutionary War's impact on free Blacks --
Manumissions and status changes --
The anti-slavery slaveholding paradox --
Reversals, registration, kidnappings and social interactions --
The Civil War and Jim Crow --
Epilogue: Story replication.
Responsibility: Sherri L. Burr.

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"This narrative nonfiction book contains stories of people of African origin who were never enslaved, born free, or who obtained liberty through court proceedings in the U.S. They lived in a society that sought to systematically deprive them of liberty and other human rights. This history of Free Blacks in Virginia reveals the human ability to persevere against adverse odds arising from the color of their skin, or their gender, or both. It interweaves legal history with stories of what happened to those African Americans who were free before the Civil War and lived their lives in the shadows of a complicated world"--

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