The Free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860

By John Hope Franklin

With a new foreword and bibliographic afterword by the author

290 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, 7 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4546-2
    Published: December 1995
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-6668-9
    Published: November 2000
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6918-0
    Published: November 2000

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John Hope Franklin has devoted his professional life to the study of African Americans. Originally published in 1943 by UNC Press, The Free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860 was his first book on the subject. As Franklin shows, freed slaves in the antebellum South did not enjoy the full rights of citizenship. Even in North Carolina, reputedly more liberal than most southern states, discriminatory laws became so harsh that many voluntarily returned to slavery.

About the Author

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) was James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus at Duke University. His many books include Racial Equality in America and From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans.
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"The author's consistently skillful handling of their materials is evident in every chapter. . . . An excellent study, the product of industrious research presented in an engaging style."β€”American Historical Review

"An admirable piece of work. . . . This book gives a fairly complete picture of the plight of the North Carolina free people of color."β€”Commonweal

"A well-balanced and objective study of a subject that is often distorted with prejudice."β€”Political Science Quarterly