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The Resource Almost free : a story about family and race in antebellum Virginia, Eva Sheppard Wolf

Almost free : a story about family and race in antebellum Virginia, Eva Sheppard Wolf

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Almost free : a story about family and race in antebellum Virginia
Title
Almost free
Title remainder
a story about family and race in antebellum Virginia
Statement of responsibility
Eva Sheppard Wolf
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Almost Free, Eva Sheppard Wolf uses the story of Samuel Johnson, a free black man from Virginia attempting to free his family, to add detail and depth to our understanding of the lives of free blacks in the South. There were several paths to freedom for slaves, each of them difficult. After ten years of elaborate dealings and negotiations, Johnson earned manumission in August 1812. An illiterate "mulatto" who had worked at the tavern in Warrenton as a slave, Johnson as a freeman was an anomaly, since free blacks made up only 3 percent of Virginia's population. Johnson stayed in Fauquier County and managed to buy his enslaved family, but the law of the time required that they leave Virginia if Johnson freed them. Johnson opted to stay. Because slaves'marriages had no legal standing, Johnson was not legally married to his enslaved wife, and in the event of his death his family would be sold to new owners. Johnson's story dramatically illustrates the many harsh realities and cruel ironies faced by blacks in a society hostile to their freedom. Wolf argues that despite the many obstacles Johnson and others faced, race relations were more flexible during the early American republic than is commonly believed. It could actually be easier for a free black man to earn the favor of elite whites than it would be for blacks in general in the post-Reconstruction South. Wolf demonstrates the ways in which race was constructed by individuals in their day-to-day interactions, arguing that racial status was not simply a legal fact but a fluid and changeable condition. Almost Free looks beyond the majority experience, focusing on those at society's edges to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of freedom in the slaveholding South"--Publisher's description
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
N$T
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1969-
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Wolf, Eva Sheppard
Dewey number
975.5/03092
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F232.F3
LC item number
W65 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Freedmen
  • African Americans
  • African American families
  • Slaves
  • Fauquier County (Va.)
  • Fauquier County (Va.)
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • African American families
  • African Americans
  • Freedmen
  • Race relations
  • Slaves
  • Social conditions
  • Virginia
  • Virginia
Label
Almost free : a story about family and race in antebellum Virginia, Eva Sheppard Wolf
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A new birth of freedom -- Among an anomalous population -- Petitioning for freedom in an era of slavery -- Visions of rebellion -- Race, identity, and community -- Legacies
Control code
785943549
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 174 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820343648
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9786613586834
Other physical details
illustrations, map
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  • 358683
  • 22573/ctt3q5k0m
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785943549
Label
Almost free : a story about family and race in antebellum Virginia, Eva Sheppard Wolf
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A new birth of freedom -- Among an anomalous population -- Petitioning for freedom in an era of slavery -- Visions of rebellion -- Race, identity, and community -- Legacies
Control code
785943549
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 174 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820343648
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9786613586834
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 358683
  • 22573/ctt3q5k0m
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785943549

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