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A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas / Edition 1
     

A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas / Edition 1

by Billy D. Higgins
 

ISBN-10: 1557288054

ISBN-13: 9781557288059

Pub. Date: 09/01/2005

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas tells the extraordinary story of Peter Caulder, a free African American settler in the Arkansas Territory. After serving as a rifleman in the war of 1812, Caulder established a community of free-born African Americans in northern Arkansas and was largely accepted by his

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A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas tells the extraordinary story of Peter Caulder, a free African American settler in the Arkansas Territory. After serving as a rifleman in the war of 1812, Caulder established a community of free-born African Americans in northern Arkansas and was largely accepted by his white neighbors until an 1859 expulsion law forced the community to flee the state and settle in Missouri. Like many frontier people, Peter Caulder was unschooled and signed his name only with a mark. To document such a man’s life, and to determine how he thrived within a slave society and came to join a free black backwoods community, Billy Higgins has skillfully interwoven oft-neglected primary sources—many of which are reproduced here—from around the country; and through the information revealed in censuses, tax records, sutler’s account books, army returns, folk stories, land warrants, traveler’s journals, and newspaper notices, a fascinating—and groundbreaking—account of Caulder, his family, his friends, and his community has emerged.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557288059
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: A Stranger and a Sojournerxi
Prologuexvii
Chapter 1Catfish Creek1
Chapter 2Rifleman17
Chapter 3Stranger at Belle Point35
Chapter 4Army Guide55
Chapter 5Fort Smith83
Chapter 6Black Yeoman in Arkansas Territory111
Chapter 7Keeper of a "Severe Pack of Dogs"133
Chapter 8Flush Times and the Storm165
Chapter 9Sojourning in Southern Missouri195
Epilogue211
Appendix A223
Appendix B235
Appendix C275
Notes283
Bibliographical Essay325
Index339

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