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Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers


For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. This deeply researched social history analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom. Drawing on legislative and judicial materials, probate data, tax lists, church records, family papers, and more, it creates detailed portraits of individual women while exploring how black female Charlestonians sought to create a fuller freedom by improving their financial, social, and legal standing. Examining both those w ... More

Keywords: black women, antebellum Charleston, freedom, Charlestonians, free persons, lawsuits, petitions, negotiation, slavery, patriarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835050
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869093_myers


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, author