Forging freedom : Black women and the pursuit of liberty in antebellum Charleston (eBook, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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Forging freedom : Black women and the pursuit of liberty in antebellum Charleston

Author: Amrita Chakrabarti Myers
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2011] ©2011
Series: Gender & American culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. In this deeply researched social history, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom. Drawing on legislative and judicial materials, probate data, tax lists, church records, family papers, and more,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Myers, Amrita Chakrabarti.
Forging freedom.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2011015961
(OCoLC)711043275
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amrita Chakrabarti Myers
ISBN: 9780807869093 0807869090 9781469602592 1469602598
OCLC Number: 767952992
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 267 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: imagining freedom in the slave South --
City of contrasts: Charleston before the Civil War --
A way out of no way: Black women and manumission --
To survive and thrive: race, sex, and waged labor in the city --
The currency of citizenship: property ownership and Black female freedom --
A tale of two women: the lives of Cecille Cogdell and Sarah Sanders --
A fragile freedom: the story of Margaret Bettingall and her daughters --
Epilogue: the continuing search for freedom.
Series Title: Gender & American culture.
Responsibility: Amrita Chakrabarti Myers.

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For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. In this deeply researched social history, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers analyzes  Read more...

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