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Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston (Gender and American Culture)

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For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. In this deeply researched social history, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom.

Drawing on legislative and judicial materials, probate data, tax lists, church records, family papers, and more, Myers creates detailed portraits of individual women while exploring how black female Charlestonians sought to create a fuller freedom by improving their financial, social, and legal standing. Examining both those who were officially manumitted and those who lived as free persons but lacked official documentation, Myers reveals that free black women filed lawsuits and petitions, acquired property (including slaves), entered into contracts, paid taxes, earned wages, attended schools, and formed familial alliances with wealthy and powerful men, black and white--all in an effort to solidify and expand their freedom. Never fully free, black women had to depend on their skills of negotiation in a society dedicated to upholding both slavery and patriarchy. Forging Freedom examines the many ways in which Charleston's black women crafted a freedom of their own design instead of accepting the limited existence imagined for them by white Southerners.

Synopsis:

In this deeply researched social history, Myers analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom. Drawing on legislative and judicial materials, probate data, tax lists, church records, family papers, and more, Myers creates detailed portraits of individual women while exploring how black female Charlestonians sought to create a fuller freedom by improving their financial, social, and legal standing.

Synopsis:

"Amrita Chakrabarti Myers impressively captures and illuminates the tenuous security of black women's lives and freedom as they struggled for personal and familial stability and upward mobility in nineteenth-century Charleston. This book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of black women's negotiated freedoms and will have a lasting influence in African American, emancipation, and slavery studies."--Leslie A. Schwalm, University of Iowa, author of Emancipation's Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest and A Hard Fight for We: Women's Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina

"Forging Freedom gives voice to a heretofore voiceless and largely forgotten group of free black women. Through the fascinating stories of their struggles for rights and dignity, Myers constructs a well-researched and vivid portrait of the methods black women used to negotiate their freedom and to determine their destiny as well as a more inclusive and accurate history of the city of Charleston during the antebellum era."--Janice L. Sumler-Edmond, Huston-Tillotson University, author of The Secret Trust of Aspasia Cruvellier Mirault: The Life and Trials of a Free Woman of Color in Antebellum Georgia

About the Author

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers is assistant professor of history at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807835050
Author:
Myers, Amrita Chakrabarti
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
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Subject:
Adam Tunno
Subject:
Antebellum
Subject:
Baltimore, Maryland
Subject:
Barbara Tunno Barquet
Subject:
Black Property Owners
Subject:
Ownership
Subject:
Black slave owners
Subject:
slave owning
Subject:
slave ownership
Subject:
Black women
Subject:
Cecille Langlois Cogdell
Subject:
Charleston
Subject:
Citizenship
Subject:
early national
Subject:
Eliza Seymour Lee
Subject:
Free blacks
Subject:
Free Black Women
Subject:
Freedom
Subject:
Free People
Subject:
Persons of Color
Subject:
Free Women of Color
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Hagar Cole
Subject:
interracial relationships
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Manumission
Subject:
Margaret Bettingall
Subject:
New orleans
Subject:
Nineteenth century
Subject:
Old South
Subject:
Petersburg, Virginia
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Richard Cogdell
Subject:
rights
Subject:
Sarah Sanders
Subject:
Savannah
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
South carolina
Subject:
Emancipation
Subject:
black women slave owners
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Wills
Subject:
Property
Subject:
Land
Subject:
Land ownership
Subject:
waged labor
Subject:
Census
Subject:
Petitions
Subject:
Courts
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
Baltimore/ liberty
Subject:
Tax
Subject:
probate
Subject:
Church
Subject:
parish
Subject:
Litigation
Subject:
mulatto
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
SLA
Subject:
ve owning
Subject:
Margaret Bet
Subject:
tingall
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 illus., 7 tables, 3 maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » African American Studies » Slavery and Reconstruction
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , In this deeply researched social history, Myers analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom. Drawing on legislative and judicial materials, probate data, tax lists, church records, family papers, and more, Myers creates detailed portraits of individual women while exploring how black female Charlestonians sought to create a fuller freedom by improving their financial, social, and legal standing.
"Synopsis" by , "Amrita Chakrabarti Myers impressively captures and illuminates the tenuous security of black women's lives and freedom as they struggled for personal and familial stability and upward mobility in nineteenth-century Charleston. This book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of black women's negotiated freedoms and will have a lasting influence in African American, emancipation, and slavery studies."--Leslie A. Schwalm, University of Iowa, author of Emancipation's Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest and A Hard Fight for We: Women's Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina

"Forging Freedom gives voice to a heretofore voiceless and largely forgotten group of free black women. Through the fascinating stories of their struggles for rights and dignity, Myers constructs a well-researched and vivid portrait of the methods black women used to negotiate their freedom and to determine their destiny as well as a more inclusive and accurate history of the city of Charleston during the antebellum era."--Janice L. Sumler-Edmond, Huston-Tillotson University, author of The Secret Trust of Aspasia Cruvellier Mirault: The Life and Trials of a Free Woman of Color in Antebellum Georgia

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