"Myne Owne Ground" Race and Freedom on Virginia's Eastern Shore, 1640-1676

ISBN-10: 0195175379
ISBN-13: 9780195175370
Edition: 25th 2004
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Description: Ever since its publication twenty-five years ago, "Myne Owne Ground" has challenged readers to rethink much of what is taken for granted about American race relations. During the earliest decades of Virginia history, some men and women who arrived  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.95
Edition: 25th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Ever since its publication twenty-five years ago, "Myne Owne Ground" has challenged readers to rethink much of what is taken for granted about American race relations. During the earliest decades of Virginia history, some men and women who arrived in the New World as slaves achieved freedom and formed a stable community on the Eastern shore. Holding their own with white neighbors for much of the 17th century, these free blacks purchased freedom for family members, amassed property, established plantations, and acquired laborers. T.H. Breen and Stephen Innes reconstruct a community in which ownership of property was as significant as skin color in structuring social relations. Why this model of social interaction in race relations did not survive makes this a critical and urgent work of history. In a new foreword, Breen and Innes reflect on the origins of this book, setting it into the context of Atlantic and particularly African history.

Preface to the 25th anniversary edition : the free black planters of Pungoteague Creek in an Atlantic world
Patriarch on Pungoteague Creek
Race relations as status and process
Northampton County at mid-century
The free blacks of the eastern shore
Conclusion : property and the context of freedom

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