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

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

Melvin Patrick Ely


WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZEA New York occasions ebook Review and Atlantic Monthly Editors' ChoiceThomas Jefferson denied that whites and freed blacks may dwell jointly in concord. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not just disagreed, yet made it attainable for 90 African americans to turn out Jefferson incorrect. Israel at the Appomattox tells the tale of those liberated blacks and the group they shaped, referred to as Israel Hill, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. There, ex-slaves tested farms, navigated the Appomattox River, and have become marketers. loose blacks and whites did company with each other, sued one another, labored part through aspect for equivalent wages, joined forces to chanced on a Baptist congregation, moved west jointly, and sometimes settled down as guy and spouse. Slavery solid its grim shadow, even over the lives of the unfastened, but on Israel Hill we find a relocating tale of problem and desire that defies our expectancies of the previous South.

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