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Re: registrations of free people
In Response To: registrations of free people ()

I published an article in Slavery & Abolition, Vol. 35 No 2, pp. 214-233 (June 2014) titled "Creating Identity: Free Blacks and the Law" which looks at the registration requirements in Virginia between the creation of the registration requirement in 1793 and about 1820. If you have access to a university library you can probably get access to this on-line. It focuses on counties that are primarily in eastern and southern Virginia. You might also look at Ellen Eslinger, "Free Black Residency in Two Antebellum Virginia Counties," Journal of Southern History vol 79 no 2 (2013) pp. 261-98 for a discussion that goes beyond the period I studied and focuses on two counties in the Valley of Virginia. Best wishes--Mick Nicholls


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