Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America From Settlement to the Civil War
Between Slavery and Freedom explores the complex world of those people of African birth or descent who occupied the “borderlands” between slavery and freedom in the 350 years from the founding of the first European colonies in what is today the United States to the start of the Civil War. However they had navigated their way out of bondage – through flight, through military service, through self-purchase, through the working of the law in different times and in different places, or because they were the offspring of parents who were themselves free – they were determined to enjoy the same rights and liberties that white people enjoyed. In a concise narrative and selected primary documents, noted historian Julie Winch shows the struggle of black people to gain and maintain their liberty and lay claim to freedom in its fullest sense. Refusing to be relegated to the margins of American society and languish in poverty and ignorance, they repeatedly challenged their white neighbors to live up to the promises of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
Rowman & Littlefield
free African Americans, African American history, slavery
African American Studies | Social History | United States History
Winch, Julie, "Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America From Settlement to the Civil War" (2014). UMass Boston Bookshelf. 5.