AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: "Free" vs. "Freed".
In Response To: Re: "Free" vs. "Freed". ()
Since I research categories #3, #4, and #5 (many of whom claim #2), I agree with you that it is important to understand the "definitions" of the terms, if only so you know what type of records to reseach, where and when they were generated.
However, as far as I can see the only strict adherence to the caste system that you described is how it is to the advantage of #1 at any given time, place and space.
I can assure you when I research folks, I research everyone, especially the folks who are making the laws (category#1), generating the records and who have "control" of the record.
Definitions are fine, the question is how they were applied in real time at the time and to whose advantage..
To NOT differentiate between the two castes (#3 and #4) would make this entire discussion MEANINGLESS!
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