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Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War

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WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZEA New York Times Book Review and Atlantic Monthly Editors' ChoiceThomas Jefferson denied that whites and freed blacks could live together in harmony. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not only disagreed, but made it possible for ninety African Americans to prove Jefferson wrong. Israel on the Appomattox tells the story of these liberated blacks and the community they formed, called Israel Hill, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. There, ex-slaves established farms, navigated the Appomattox River, and became entrepreneurs. Free blacks and whites did business with one another, sued each other, worked side by side for equal wages, joined forces to found a Baptist congregation, moved west together, and occasionally settled down as man and wife. Slavery cast its grim shadow, even over the lives of the free, yet on Israel Hill we discover a moving story of hardship and hope that defies our expectations of the Old South.

Synopsis:

Describes how Richard Randolph, a cousin of Thomas Jefferson, left land upon his death for his former slaves to build new lives for themselves, detailing the evolution of a vibrant community called Israel Hill along the Appomattox River until the Civil War ended slavery. Reprint.

About the Author

Melvin Patrick Ely, a native of Richmond, Virginia, took undergraduate and graduate degrees in history at Princeton University, studied linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia. He has taught in public high schools in Virginia and Massachusetts, at Yale University, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 1995 he has taught at the College of William and Mary, where he is currently Newton Family Professor of History and Black Studies. He is the author of The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon, and co-translator, with Naama Zahavi-Ely, of The Handicap Principle: A Missing Piece of Darwin’s Puzzle, by Amotz and Avishag Zahavi.

Table of Contents

The view from Israel Hill, 1863 — Liberty and happiness — The promised land — Work — Challenges — Law and order — Worldviews — Progress and struggle — Appomattox and the new birth of freedom — The search for meaning in the southern free black experience.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307773425
Subtitle:
A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Ely, Melvin Patrick
Subject:
History : United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Prince Edward County (Va.)
Subject:
White family
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-Slavery and Reconstruction
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050816
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
640

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"Synopsis" by , Describes how Richard Randolph, a cousin of Thomas Jefferson, left land upon his death for his former slaves to build new lives for themselves, detailing the evolution of a vibrant community called Israel Hill along the Appomattox River until the Civil War ended slavery. Reprint.
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