Free(?) African-Americans

Free(?) African-Americans

When Americans think of African-Americans in the DEEP SOUTH before the Civil War, the first image that invariably comes to mind is one of slavery. However, many African-Americans were able to secure their freedom and live in a state of semi-freedom even before slavery was abolished by war. FREE BLACKS lived in all parts of the United States, but the majority lived amid slavery in the American South. It is estimated that by 1860 there were about 1.5 million free blacks in the southern states.

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