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The Role of Southern Free Blacks During the Civil War Era

The Life of Free African Americans in Richmond, Virginia 1850-1876

The Role of Southern Free Blacks During the Civil War Era by Carey H. Latimore
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The argument is that free blacks adapted to the reality of living in a slave society by developing communities and alliances in the antebellum years that served to protect and advance their interests. These communities and alliances were predicated on a number of variables including a person’s professional skills, family connections, criminal record, and place of residence. While free blacks were ostensibly pushed toward slave status and membership in a monolithic black community, the reality was that in the Richmond area, internal divisions among blacks, combined with the benefits that came from benevolent despotism granted to individual blacks, made it preferable for free blacks to form networks of alliances based on shared interests rather than unite as one community.
The Edwin Mellen Press; January 2015
252 pages; ISBN 9780779907885
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Title: The Role of Southern Free Blacks During the Civil War Era
Author: Carey H. Latimore; Allan O. Kownslaar
 
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0779907884
9780779907885
9781495502781