In Between Slavery and Freedom, Julie Winch explores the complex world of those people of African birth or descent who occupied the "borderlands" between slavery and freedom in the 350 years from the founding of the first European colonies in what is today the United States to the start of the Civil War. However they had navigated their way out of bondage - through flight, through military service, through self-purchase, through the working of the law in different times and in different places, or because they were the offspring of parents who were themselves free - they were determined to enjoy the same rights and liberties that white people enjoyed. In a concise narrative and selected primary documents, noted historian Julie Winch shows the struggle of black people to gain and maintain their liberty and lay claim to freedom in its fullest sense. Refusing to be relegated to the margins of American society and languish in poverty and ignorance, they repeatedly challenged their white neighbors to live up to the promises of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. Winch's accessible, concise, and jargon-free book, including primary sources and the latest scholarship, will benefit undergraduate students of American history and general readers alike by allowing them to judge the evidence for themselves and evaluate the authors' conclusions.
Julie Winch is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she specializes in the lives and genealogies of African Americans in the Revolutionary era and the Early American Republic.
Timeline Introduction - On Liberty's Borderlands Chapter One - Property or Persons: Black Freedom in Colonial America, 1513-1770 Chapter Two - In Liberty's Cause: Black Freedom in Revolutionary America, 1770-1790 Chapter Three - Race, Liberty and Citizenship in the New Nation, 1790-1820 Chapter Four - "We Will Have Our Rights": Redefining Black Freedom, 1820-1850 Chapter Five - "No Rights Which the White Man Was Bound to Respect": Black Freedom and Black Citizenship, 1850-1861 Epilogue - Black Freedom, White Freedom Suggested Readings Documents