Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War.pdf
Julie Winch is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she specializes in the lives and genealogies of African-Americans and other American immigrants in the Revolutionary era and the Early American Republic.
Timeline Introduction - On Liberty's Borderlands Chapter One - Property or Persons: Black Freedom in Colonial America, 1513-1770 Chapter Two - In Liberty's Cause: Black Freedom in Revolutionary America, 1770-1790 Chapter Three - Race, Liberty and Citizenship in the New Nation, 1790-1820 Chapter Four - "We Will Have Our Rights": Redefining Black Freedom, 1820-1850 Chapter Five - "No Rights Which the White Man Was Bound to Respect": Black Freedom and Black Citizenship, 1850-1861 Epilogue - Black Freedom, White Freedom Suggested Readings Documents
Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America From Settlement to the Civil War explores one of the central ironies of racial dynamics in this nation's history from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War. The existence of a class of free people of African descent contradicted the notion that only people of unmixed European ancestry were "free" and that all black people were - and indeed should be - held in bondage. The hold of these men and women on freedom, sometimes firm, sometimes tenuous, had profound implications for race relations in America and for the survival of the "peculiar institution."