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Family or Freedom: People of Color in the Antebellum South

Emily West


This book explores the expulsion and enslavement of free people of color in the antebellum South. It considers why Southern states moved towards expelling and enslaving free blacks in the 1850s, and it situates these legislative debates within the context of a growing number of restrictions imposed upon free people of color over the course of the antebellum era. Explanations about why some free people of color petitioned for residency rights or enslavement are at the heart of this book, which argues that some free people of color placed their families first in “choosing” enslavement over freed ... More

Keywords: Free people of color, Enslavement, Expulsion, Antebellum South, Freedom, Family, Choice, Petitions, Residency, Laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813136929
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily West, author