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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 to 1876 (Hardback)

Carey H. Latimore

ISBN 10: 1495502783 / ISBN 13: 9781495502781
Editorial: Edwin Mellen Pr, 2015
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Título: The Role of Southern Free Blacks During the ...

Editorial: Edwin Mellen Pr

Año de publicación: 2015

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro:New

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This book examines the impact of the Civil War on free blacks in and around Richmond, Virginia, by drawing on private, public, court, church, military, and government documents. 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 Civil War rendered these social groups obsolete forcing former antebellum free blacks and slaves to adapt to new conditions. While some free blacks sought to maintain prewar communal relationships based on class, most free blacks recognized the importance of political and community unity as necessary in order to respond effectively to the horrors of Reconstruction.

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Dr. Carey H. Latimore is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History at Trinity University. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

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