The Slaves of Liberty: Freedom in Amite County, Mississippi, 1820-1868 [NOOK Book]

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This study focuses on the lives of the black slave majority in the deep South in the mid-19th century. The topics of civil law, demographics, the role of the church, family life, plantation economics, and gender issues are all revealed through careful study of primary sources previously unexamined by historians. The author has meticulously researched newspapers, court transcripts, county archives, church minutes, plantation journals, and oral histories to produce an astonishingly detailed picture of the lives of ...
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The Slaves of Liberty: Freedom in Amite County, Mississippi, 1820-1868

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Overview

This study focuses on the lives of the black slave majority in the deep South in the mid-19th century. The topics of civil law, demographics, the role of the church, family life, plantation economics, and gender issues are all revealed through careful study of primary sources previously unexamined by historians. The author has meticulously researched newspapers, court transcripts, county archives, church minutes, plantation journals, and oral histories to produce an astonishingly detailed picture of the lives of blacks and whites during this critical period. The readable narrative was nominated for the Allan Nevins Prize for dissertations in American history in 1993.
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A new wave historian mines previously unexamined documents of the Amite county seat courthouse (Liberty, MS) in relating the lives of black Americans under and freed from slavery. Main foci are: slave law, gender issues, local churches, the "troubles" of 1861-65 as related in a slaveowner's diary with references to his black slave overseer, and emancipation. Appends "The Legacy of Irris Bonner Harris" from The Southern Review, vol. 26, no. 4, October 1990. Developed from an award-nominated doctoral dissertation (1993, institution unspecified). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136747748
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/14/2013
  • Series: Crosscurrents in African American History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,188,873
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Amite County, Mississippi 3
Ch. 2 The Color of Law 11
Evolution of Slave Law 13
The Legacy of Isaac Ross 15
The Question of Race and Slave Law 21
The Weathersbys 21
The Browns 22
Paternalism and Slave Law in Amite County 25
Ch. 3 The Broken Circle: Our Family, Black and White 29
The Case of the Weathersbys 37
Runaways 48
Ch. 4 "The Kindlier Sphere": The Women of Amite County 57
"We Two" 57
The Women of Amite County 59
Mariah Bradley 65
Irris Bonner Harris 66
Victoria Caroline Street 67
Mary McCrea 72
Historiography 80
Ch. 5 Plantations of the Lord 87
The Preachers 88
Church Membership 89
The Churches 93
James Smylie 94
William Winans 98
The Slaves of Liberty 105
The Jerusalem Church 112
Ch. 6 War 121
Oh, Freedom 121
The War 123
Glimpses of Freedom 127
A Holy War 130
Business As Usual 134
Ch. 7 Emancipation 139
Defining Freedom 140
Voices of the Freedpeople 141
The Freedmen's Bureau 143
Black Soldiers, Slave Unrest 144
White Violence 144
Family Reunion 148
Free Children 148
Apprentices to Freedom 149
Rebuilding 151
Ch. 8 "I and Tone": The Lives of Eli and Tony Capell 155
The Diary 155
"Tone" 157
Keeping Accounts 158
Family Life 160
The "Troubles" 161
War's End 164
Freedom at Pleasant Hill 165
Ch. 9 Conclusion 169
Appendix 179
Bibliography 185
Index 193
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    Posted October 23, 2013

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