This publication is the 1st to chronicle the lives of African American girls within the city north throughout the early years of the republic. A Fragile Freedom investigates how African American ladies in Philadelphia journeyed from enslavement to the precarious prestige of “free individuals” within the a long time best as much as the Civil conflict and examines related advancements within the towns of latest York and Boston.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar argues that early nineteenth-century Philadelphia, the place so much African americans have been loose, enacted a type of practice session for the nationwide emancipation that within the post–Civil warfare years. She explores the lives of the “regular” girls of antebellum Philadelphia, the unfastened black associations that took root there, and the formerly unrecognized value of African American girls to the heritage of yank cities.
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