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Hirelings: African American Workers and Free Labor in Early Maryland

Jennifer Hull Dorsey


This book recreates the social and economic milieu of Maryland's Eastern Shore at a time when black slavery and black freedom existed side by side. It follows a generation of manumitted African Americans and their freeborn children and grandchildren through the process of inventing new identities, associations, and communities in the early nineteenth century. Free Africans and their descendants had lived in Maryland since the seventeenth century, but before the American Revolution they were always few in number and lacking in economic resources or political leverage. By contrast, manumitted an ... More

Keywords: slavery, freedom, manumitted African Americans, free African Americans, free Africans, slave system, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Maryland, free black workers, Eastern Shore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801447785
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801447785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Hull Dorsey, author
Siena College

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