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Re: The First Free Blacks?
In Response To: The First Free Blacks? ()

Hello Selma:

Thanks for your fascinating history of early and colonial period in the Upper South. You may remember that the quotes in my message came from the research of John Hope Franklin and Lerone Bennett. Obviously their discussion is more detailed and their research and footnotes support their analysis and conclusions. Franklin's appendices and bibliography also make for a fascinating read.

Again, the example of amalgamation in the Upper South is only One of many to explain the history of Free People of Color. When I wrote the history of Berry Hill Plantation, I became intrigued by North Carolina's Thomas Day, a free man of color. Your words inspired me to return to my research of this remarkable man. Thanks again!

Your writing certainly underlines what I stressed to Virginia...that the history of slavery and history of free people of color is very complex.

"I can assure you it will be intersting."

Thanks for your insightful posting.

K Wyer Lane


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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