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Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South
by Ira Berlin
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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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.