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Black Slaveowners - by Larry Koger (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 286

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies

Format: Paperback

Publisher: McFarland & Company

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: African American Studies

Author: Larry Koger

Language: English

Street Date: November 18, 2011
TCIN: 77963672
UPC: 9780786469314
Item Number (DPCI): 247-69-8110

Description

Most Americans, both black and white, believe that slavery was a system maintained by whites to exploit blacks, but this authoritative study reveals the extent to which African Americans played a significant role as slave masters. Examining South Carolina's diverse population of African-American slaveowners, the book demonstrates that free African Americans widely embraced slavery as a viable economic system and that they--like their white counterparts--exploited the labor of slaves on their farms and in their businesses. Drawing on the federal census, wills, mortgage bills of sale, tax returns, and newspaper advertisements, the author reveals the nature of African-American slaveholding, its complexity, and its rationales. He describes how some African-American slave masters had earned their freedom but how many others--primarily mulattoes born of free parents--were unfamiliar with slavery's dehumanization.
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