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AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum

Re: "Free" vs. "Freed".
In Response To: Re: "Free" vs. "Freed". ()

To: Linda Threadgill

I respect all genealogical researchers, including you, Linda, in addition to Toot, and Selma.

And, additionally I appreciate all the exchange of ideas and opinions given on this forum.

I assure you that I am "seasoned", with more than twenty years of genealogical research under my belt.

My statement re: "free" vs. "freed" was in an effort to keep within the frameword of Paul Heinegg's mission statement at the very beginning of this forum, in which he states:

"This is the place to discuss issues pertaining to ancestors who were either BORN FREE or EMANCIPATED
prior to the Civil War."

Although the two words, (free vs. freed) are very close in meaning,....the contrastive impact that these two very different words had upon the people of color during that era prior to the Civil War, was quite poignant, I am sure.

The life of a "free" person of color was quite different from an "Emancipated = freed" person of color. That is all that I was trying to point out.

To fully comprehend the significance of their different impacts, one would have to to place himself in the context of that era and do a complete historical reenactment of the social dynamics of that time.

Upon doing so, any intelligent person would immediately see the difference.

As for the geographical extent of my l research,....I also have connections in VA, SC, LA, etc.

Thanks again.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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