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Booklist"Higgins presents a more complex and nuanced picture of life for blacks in the antebellum South in this portrait of a black frontiersman who lived and thrived in the Arkansas Territory. Using numerous historical resources, Higgins reconstructs Caulder¹s life as an independent, though engaged, citizen of the territory. He also portrays the number of other free blacks who lived in tentative peace and self-sufficiency among white neighbors until the murder of a local white man, the expulsion of free blacks, and the threat of enslavement forced Caulder to flee to Missouri. This well-researched book adds new dimension to portraits of the lives of blacks before and after the Civil War."
—American Library Association