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Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro In The Antebellum South
by Ira Berlin
A history of a million free blacks who lived in the South before the American Civil War. The text traces the lives of free black men and women, portraying their struggle for community, liberty, economic independence, and education within an oppressive society.
Published October 1st 1992 by New Press
(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.
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.