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Re: Rebecca Lipscomb, Cumberland Co, VA
In Response To: Rebecca Lipscomb, Cumberland Co, VA ()
At the end of Melvin Patrick Ely's book Israel on the Appomattox, (about a Free Black community in Prince Edward County) he includes a section entitled "Sources and Interprettions". In this section Ely gives a review of the the recent scholarship done over the past few years of Free Black communities in VA by other historians.
Included in this section is a reference to the work done on Cumberland County VA by Ellen D. Katz, now a professor of law, Ely writes:
"...Katz..has published an article in a legal journal on free Afro-Virginians in Cumberland County, across the Appomattox from Prince Edward. She examined, among other things, every identifiable land transactions involving a free black individual and all litigation to which free Afro-virginians were parties. Katz discovered that one in four free black households in Cumberland owned real estate by 1860. White authorities there showed remarkable apathy toward registration laws and other statutes that discriminated against free blacks; no one in Cumberland was ever jailed for lack of free papers, Katz says...
The article entitled " African American Freedom in Antebellum Cumberland County,Virginia" appeared in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, 70 (1995)
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