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History of African Americans in North Carolina Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0865263017
ISBN-10: 0865263019
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About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey J. Crow is Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. Dr. Paul D. Escott is Reynolds Professor of History at Wake Forest University. Flora J. Hatley teaches history at St. Augustine's College.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: North Carolina Division of Archives & History; Revised edition (June 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865263019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865263017
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward L. Sanford on November 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Both as a Black American and a new resident (from the North) of this most intriguing southern state, I was curious about African American history in North Carolina. This is a well written, concise yet thorough account of the Black Experience in North Carolina. As such, this book is more of an "entry-level" account of the historical aspects of Black life in the Tar Heel state. In this regard, it provides a litany of references for those who wish to accomplish a more in depth study. Having said that, I wish the authors would have utilized footnotes to provide direct keys to the reference material.

The authors, in my opinion used a very candid style of "reporting" the major milestones in North Carolina as it relates to African Americans. The book provides a perspective of early slave trade, a good overview of "life as a slave" and a clear description of the peculiarities of the institution as an economic enabler for North Carolina's economy in the early U.S.

The book describes the early tie-in between slavery and the revolutionary war. The authors illustrated how the British Army attempted to enlist the support of slaves by offering them manumission if the English achieved victory. Conversely, North Carolina patriots also made "offers" to the slaves for their loyalty during the revolution. However, these promised concessions fell short of freedom. This tactic by early North Carolinian slaveholders were the precursors to other hollow promises that whites made to Blacks in regard to freedom and social equality. In fact, North Carolinians were masters of the "bait and switch technique" when it came to creatively delaying the full promise of liberty to Blacks throughout Tar Heel history.
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Format: Paperback
I read this book in hopes of finding a clue to my own family genealogy. This book gave me insight into “why” there is lack of black history to trace my genealogy. An interview is included in this book from a former slave. Her description of her living conditions in Richmond County North Carolina is one of day to day survival. In her case she did not have time to trace or remember who her ancestors were. Nor did they have the education to make records of their history. Once they died the history was forgotten and only pieces/fragments remained based on what others could remember and pass down to the next generation. My ancestors were also in Richmond County about that same time period and we can only go so far in genealogy due to lack of written history. However this book gives a stark picture of the history of African Americans in North Carolina with a good database of references. Prominent African Americans do have more history and records because the news or other sources captured the events of their lives.
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Haven't read it all the way through yet, but I plan to use it to inform me about things related to my Civil and Human Rights photography
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