Black slave ownership is a neglected area in the annals of American history. This work illustrates and traces the pattern that black slave ownership took in New York City, from its documented inception in 1661 to its demise after 1830. In New York City the phenomena of black slave ownership may be understood in the classic sense as "benevolent" slave holdings as defined by Carter G. Woodson. The social and material culture histories included in this work provide a unique view of colonial New Amsterdam and New York City.
Book News Annotation:
Examines how free blacks, many of them former slaves themselves, held slaves in New Amsterdam and New York City from the first documentation of the practice in 1661 until its end after 1830. Finds that black men bought wives, children, and near relatives in order to release them from the bondage of whites and to keep families together; there is no evidence that they used slaves for commercial purposes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-109) and index.
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