Free Blacks and Slaves in the Antebellum South
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This paper explains that, although there were tremendous differences in the everyday lives of free blacks and slaves, both groups faced considerable discrimination and were disadvantaged compared to similarly-situated white people. Next, the author relates the many different opportunities that free blacks had as compared to the situation of slaves. However, the paper underscores that, despite facing tremendous legal and social limitations, both slaves and free blacks have made enormous contributions to American society not only by supplying the labor to grow the economy but also by providing the social and political leadership to build communities, such as New Orleans.
From the Paper:"Obviously, for slaves the biggest complaint would be that they were treated as property. While pro-slavery advocates contended that this treatment did not bother slaves, one need only look at things such Dred Scott suing his master in an attempt to obtain freedom to realize that slaves did, indeed, desire freedom. However, while no complaint may have been as philosophically large as the fact that they did not have freedom, many slaves had a wide range of smaller complaints that probably took on greater importance in their daily lives."
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