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Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Slaves Without Masters is a vivid and moving history of the quarter of a million free blacks who lived in the South before the Civil War. First published to great acclaim in 1974, Slaves Without Masters established Ira Berlin as one of the outstanding historians of African American life in slavery and freedom. It traces the lives of free black men and women, portraying the ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published February 5th 1981 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1974)
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Bill
Oct 16, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you feel like learning something today, this is definitely a book to pick up. A detailed history of the tenuous position that freed blacks held between the Revolution and Emancipation, this book shows all the contradictory forces that acted upon this marginal population. A fascinating--and heartbreaking--read.
Sue
Aug 06, 2015 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Way overrated. blech. Should have been called Free Negro because this overly used, and abused, phrase appears on almost every page. There have been slaves all through history, the Romans took whole towns and populations. Not impressed with this one.
Katelyn
Dec 01, 2015 Katelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written in a way that makes it hard to follow for even advanced readers.
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