The Free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860 / Edition 2

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Overview

John Hope Franklin has devoted his professional life to the study of African Americans. Originally published in 1943 by UNC Press, The Free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860 was his first book on the subject. As Franklin shows, freed slaves in the antebellum South did not enjoy the full rights of citizenship. Even in North Carolina, reputedly more liberal than most southern states, discriminatory laws became so harsh that many voluntarily returned to slavery.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A well-balanced and objective study of a subject that is often distorted with prejudice."
Political Science Quarterly

John Hope Franklin's classic study of the African American experience in North Carolina.

"An admirable piece of work. . . . This book gives a fairly complete picture of the plight of the North Carolina free people of color."

Commonwealth

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845462
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/1995
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) was James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus at Duke University. His many books include Racial Equality in America and From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I Introduction 3
II Growth of the Free Negro Population 14
Numbers and Distribution 14
Manumission 19
Miscegenation 35
Runaway Slaves and Immigrant Free Negroes 39
Maintaining the Status of a Free Man 48
III Legal Status of the Free Negro 58
The Problem of Discipline 58
The Free Negro in Court 81
Citizenship in the Larger Sense 101
IV The Free Negro in the Economic Life of North Carolina 121
The Free Negro Worker 121
The Free Negro Property Owner 150
V Social Life of the Free Negro 163
Education 164
Religion 174
Social Relationships 182
VI An Unwanted People 192
North Carolina "Liberalism" 192
The Colonization Movement 199
The Growing Hostility to Free Negroes 211
VII Conclusions 222
Appendices 227
Bibliography 247
Bibliographic Afterword 259
Index 263
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