376 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6439-2
Published: October 2021
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6438-5
Published: October 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6440-8
Published: September 2021
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Awards & distinctions
2022 Charles S. Sydnor Award, Southern Historical Association
2022 Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
These people were both privileged and victimized, both celebrated and despised, in a region characterized by social inconsistency. Milteer's analysis of the way wealth, gender, and occupation intersected with ideas promoting white supremacy and discrimination reveals a wide range of social interactions and life outcomes for the South's free people of color and helps to explain societal contradictions that continue to appear in the modern United States.
About the Author
Warren E. Milteer Jr. is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the author of North Carolina’s Free People of Color, 1715–1885.
For more information about Warren Eugene Milteer Jr., visit the Author Page.
"Synthesizing local histories and individual stories, Milteer opens to interested readers a fresh vista of a more complicated history of the South and the position of people of color, with implications for the 21st century."—Library Journal
“Milteer demonstrates how free people of color pursued and often achieved meaningful freedom in an oppressive society and provides a welcome update to the broader discussion of freedom and slavery in the antebellum American South.”—Journal of Social History
“Milteer . . . sheds light on a relatively unknown topic in the history of the United States. . . . His work is an important read to fill this gap in knowledge."—Civil War Book Review
"Recommended . . . Milteer demonstrates important distinctions between the rhetoric and actual practice of regulating free people of color and how their experiences differed by location, whether in rural or urban areas, the upper or lower South, or former English or Spanish colonies."—CHOICE
“A well-documented and written exploration of the free people of color in the southern United States.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
“[Milteer] masterfully combines a general synthesis with distinct local histories. What emerges is a comprehensive picture that stresses the diversity of the American experience.”—Slavery & Abolition