The Free Negro in Virginia 1619-1865 by John H. Russell The Free Negro in Virginia 1619-1865
by John H. Russell

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Editorial Review
It is one of the least commonly known facts about the Civil War: there were many, many free negroes living in slaveholding states before the Emancipation Proclamation. This monograph on that surprising reality, originally published in 1913, draws on such firsthand documents as court records, contemporary literature and newspaper accounts, and other sources to create the first such portrait of this nearly forgotten chapter of African-American history. From the various origins of the "free negro" classes to their legal and social statuses-regarding everything from their right of travel to their relationship with their enslaved fellows-this "should supply some of the facts upon which the history of the negro race in the United States must be based," wrote author JOHN HENDERSON RUSSELL (b. 1884) in his preface.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics
  • ISBN-10: 1-60520-653-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60520-653-0
  • Sales Rank #2856084
  • Published on: July 01, 2009
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 196 pages

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