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Free Black Family and Household Economy

Brenda E. Stevenson

in Life in Black and White

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195118032
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118032.003.0012
Free Black Family and Household Economy

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Loudoun, with its bigoted white community, has made it almost impossible for a free person of color to earn a decent living within the town. Land speculation and monopolist practices precluded the ownership of farm land by the less affluent while most businesses refused to hire skilled black workers. Influential white people lobbied for legislation unfavorable to the black community, denying even the right of the latter's children to education. This sparked a significant migration of free black folks to friendlier states. These fortunate few were able to form stable nuclear families and community ties with similar families. In terms of familial values and gender conventions, they seemed to have adapted strictures similar to their white counterparts. For the majority of colored folk though, life remained a struggle. They had more rights than their enslaved kin but in terms of quality of living, only a marginal improvement can be seen.

Keywords: Loudoun; white community; freedom; colored folk; migration; nuclear family

Chapter.  15851 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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