Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, Vermont, 1790-1890

Overview

An impressive work of historical recovery, Discovering Black Vermont tells the story of three generations of free blacks trying to build a life and community in northern Vermont in the years following statehood. By piecing together fragments of the history of free blacks in Vermont?tax and estate records, journals, diaries, and the like?the author recovers what is essentially a lost world, establishing a framework for using primary sources to document a forgotten past. The book is an invaluable resource for those...

See more details below
Paperback
$24.28
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$26.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (3) from $25.21   
  • New (3) from $25.21   
Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$24.99 List Price

Overview

An impressive work of historical recovery, Discovering Black Vermont tells the story of three generations of free blacks trying to build a life and community in northern Vermont in the years following statehood. By piecing together fragments of the history of free blacks in Vermont—tax and estate records, journals, diaries, and the like—the author recovers what is essentially a lost world, establishing a framework for using primary sources to document a forgotten past. The book is an invaluable resource for those conducting local history research and will serve as inspiration for high school and college students and their teachers.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

When a fellow historian described Elise Guyette's new book as "an extraordinary piece of detective work...the best picture to date of African American life in Vermont," he did not understate its worth. To rescue the story of three generations of Green Mountain State free black farmers, Guyette combed tax and estate records, journals, diaries, and other documents. Discovering Black Vermont is an exemplar of what a first-rate historian can accomplish against daunting odds.

From the Publisher
“Although Vermont was the first state to outlaw adult slavery in its Constitution, in 1777, racism still lurked in the Green Mountains. In delving into the lives of family members, Guyette didn’t have anything as simple as a diary to work with. Instead, she had to rely on the experiences of other black Vermonters, as well as grand lists and pension and probate records, to get a feel for their lives. Other African-Americans in Vermont suffered vandalism, slander and lawsuits from their neighbors. The Clarks and the other Hinesburg families probably were not immune from such strife. Guyette believes that their story is integral to understanding Vermont today.”—Times Argus

“Guyette uncovered a story about American families who, in the wake of a revolution fought under the banner of all men being created equal, strove to turn that rhetoric into reality, and were largely successful. ‘It’s a quintessential Vermont pioneering story, but the people were black.’’—Valley News

"Guyette’s deep research unearthed no direct evidence of prejudice displayed against the black Clark, Langley and Peters families from 1790 to 1890, the period that her book covers. ‘This narrative is not one of oppression,’ she writes. On the contrary, Guyette finds indications of interracial collaboration or full-fledged friendship among blacks and whites on the Hill. She also documents examples of racial justice on the part of local institutions such as the churches and the courts. ” —Seven Days

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584657606
  • Publisher: Vermont
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,407,507
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ELISE A. GUYETTE, Ed.D., is a historian active in efforts to develop Vermont’s diversity curriculum in K–12 schools.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

The Invention of Blackness and Whiteness 3

The Myth of a Slave-Free, White North 4

Historical Themes 8

The Effects of Prejudice in the Nineteenth Century 11

Chapter 1 Founding Mothers and Fathers of the Hill, 1790s-1800s 16

Finding Their Place 16

Status Prior to Settlement on the Hill 23

Settlement 27

Civic Life in Hinesburgh 32

Chapter 2 Peaks and Valleys on the Hill Farms, 1810s-1820s 35

The Clarks at the Top of the Hill 37

The Peterses at the Bottom of the Hill 44

Economic Expansion and Black Voting Rights 50

Prejudice and Religion in Hinesburgh and Huntington 53

Chapter 3 Life and Death on the Hill, 1830S-184os 59

The Peterses 63

The Clarks 69

The Langleys 82

Chapter 4 Prelude to War, 1850-1860 88

Coping with the Loss of Wives and Mothers 92

Slavery and Colonization Issues 94

The Peters, Edwards, and Waters Families 99

The Clark, Langley, and Williams Families 104

Chapter 5 The Civil War Years, 1861-1865 115

Farmers to Soldiers 117

Destruction of the Clark Farm 119

Discrimination on the Battlefront 122

Action on the Battlefront 127

Chapter 6 Post-Civil War Years 138

Bottom of the Hill: Descendants of Hannah and Prince Peters 139

Top of the Hill: Descendants of Violet and Shubael Clark 142

The South Carolina Langleys 147

Some Conclusions: Vulnerable Spaces 154

Acknowledgments 159

Notes 161

Bibliography 197

Index 211

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)