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Black Slaveowners - FPOC
As far as FPOC, this book has a lot of names. I'm willing to do lookups as long as I have this library book (no sweat, I'll renew).
Let me share this excerpt from the introduction:
"...One may ask, where did these free black masters come from? Many of them were former slaves who were manumitted because of their kinship ties to whites, while others were emancipated for meritorious military duty, faithful service, or saving a life, as well as other reasons. But the majority of the black masters never knew the dehumanization of slavery because they had been born of free black parents. However, the ranks of the slave masters included not only free blacks but also nominal slaves. In many instances, blacks who were not legally emancipated assimilated into the free black community and later became slaveowners. By and large, the community of black masters came from a diverse background which included persons of free and slave status..."
[The author's notes references 'Free Black owners of Slaves: A Reappraisal of the Woodson Thesis' by R. Halliburton, Jr.]
Of course, I offer this as food for thought and clues in researching our Ancestors.
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