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Re: Mississippi in 1859
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Also there is a very good article called
"The Free Negro in Mississippi Before the Civil War" by Charles S.Snyder.It was published in the THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW vol.32, no.4(JULY,1927),pgs 769-788.
It explains how Mississippi created laws that made it difficult for free people of color in Mississippi.For example laws were created that made it very difficult for a slave to become emancipated in the state of Mississippi.Laws were also created to stop free people of color from moving to or residing in Mississippi.
This is from the article paraphrased
If a slave was to be set free in Mississippi and remain in Mississippi the slave owner had to get legislative permissionfirst.:(
The above statements were enforced in Mississippi by 1834. So as the years increased the number of free people of color in MS decreased.
I hope this helps,
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