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A Fragile Freedom
by Erica Armstrong Dunbar


Overview - This book is the first to chronicle the lives of African American women in the urban north during the early years of the republic. A Fragile Freedom investigates how African American women in Philadelphia journeyed from enslavement to the precarious status of "free persons" in the decades leading up to the Civil War and examines comparable developments in the cities of New York and Boston.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This book is the first to chronicle the lives of African American women in the urban north during the early years of the republic. A Fragile Freedom investigates how African American women in Philadelphia journeyed from enslavement to the precarious status of "free persons" in the decades leading up to the Civil War and examines comparable developments in the cities of New York and Boston. Erica Armstrong Dunbar argues that early nineteenth-century Philadelphia, where most African Americans were free, enacted a kind of rehearsal for the national emancipation that followed in the post-Civil War years. She explores the lives of the "regular" women of antebellum Philadelphia, the free black institutions that took root there, and the previously unrecognized importance of African American women to the history of American cities.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300177022
  • ISBN-10: 030017702X
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 216
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.49 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: Society and the Sexes in the Modern Worl

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Books > History > United States - 19th Century
Books > History > United States - Civil War
Books > Social Science > Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General

 
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