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  History: Were Afroamericans also free before the civil war?
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22nd Jan 2013, 11:28 PM

I just watched Diango Unchained and I wonder if there were also freee afroamerican people before the civil war in 1860? Maybe on north?
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23rd Jan 2013, 12:01 AM
This time is called Antebellum Period.

Although their lives were circumscribed by numerous discriminatory laws even in the colonial period, freed African Americans, especially in the North, were active participants in American society. Black men enlisted as soldiers and fought in the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Some owned land, homes, businesses, and paid taxes. In some Northern cities, for brief periods of time, black property owners voted. A very small number of free blacks owned slaves. The slaves that most free blacks purchased were relatives whom they later manumitted.

A few free blacks also owned slave holding plantations in Louisiana, Virginia, and South Carolina.Free African American Christians founded their own churches which became the hub of the economic, social, and intellectual lives of blacks in many areas of the fledgling nation.

Blacks were also outspoken in print. Freedom's Journal, the first black-owned newspaper, appeared in 1827. This paper and other early writings by blacks fueled the attack against slavery and racist conceptions about the intellectual inferiority of African Americans.

Source: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/aopa....
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