Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow (Paperback)
by Thad Sitton and James H. Conrad
Freedom Colonies is the first book to tell the story of these independent African American settlements. Thad Sitton and James Conrad focus on communities in Texas, where blacks achieved a higher percentage of land ownership than in any other state of the Deep South. The authors draw on a vast reservoir of ex-slave narratives, oral histories, written memoirs, and public records to describe how the freedom colonies formed and to recreate the lifeways of African Americans who made their living by farming or in skilled trades such as milling and blacksmithing. They also uncover the forces that led to the decline of the communities from the 1930s onward, including economic hard times and the greed of whites who found legal and illegal means of taking black-owned land. And they visit some of the remaining communities to discover how their independent way of life endures into the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Thad Sitton is an independent historian and writer in Austin, Texas, who focuses on the social history of rural Texas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
James H. Conrad is an oral historian, librarian, and archivist at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Category: Texas History
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Date Published: March 01, 2005
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