Forging Freedom : Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum CharlestonMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (282 p.)ISBN: 9780807869093Subject(s): African American women -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History -- 19th century | African American women -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Charleston (S.C.) -- History -- 1775-1865 | Charleston (S.C.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century | Charleston (S.C.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Freedmen -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History -- 19th century | Freedmen -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Social conditions -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Forging Freedom : Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum CharlestonDDC classification: 305.48 | 305.48/8960730757915 LOC classification: F279.C49 N458 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Imagining Freedom in the Slave South; PART I: GLIMPSING FREEDOM; 1 City of Contrasts: Charleston before the Civil War; PART II: BUILDING FREEDOM; 2 A Way Out of No Way: Black Women and Manumission; 3 To Survive and Thrive: Race, Sex, and Waged Labor in the City; 4 The Currency of Citizenship: Property Ownership and Black Female Freedom; PART III: EXPERIENCING FREEDOM; 5 A Tale of Two Women: The Lives of Cecille Cogdell and Sarah Sanders; 6 A Fragile Freedom: The Story of Margaret Bettingall and Her Daughters
Epilogue: The Continuing Search for FreedomNotes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; V; W; Z
For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. In this deeply researched social history, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom. Drawing on legislative and judicial materials, probate data, tax lists, church records, family papers, and more, Myers creates detailed portraits of individual women while exploring how black female Charlestonians sought to create a fuller freedom by improving their financial, social, and legal standing. Examining both those who were officially manumitted and those who lived as free persons but lacked official documentation, Myers reveals that free black women filed lawsuits and petitions, acquired property (including slaves), entered into contracts, paid taxes, earned wages, attended schools, and formed familial alliances with wealthy and powerful men, black and white--all in an effort to solidify and expand their freedom. Never fully free, black women had to depend on their skills of negotiation in a society dedicated to upholding both slavery and patriarchy. Forging Freedom examines the many ways in which Charleston''s black women crafted a freedom of their own design instead of accepting the limited existence imagined for them by white Southerners.
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