A Time of Freedom Essay

A Time of Freedom
An examination of the way that race, ethnicity and skin color was dealt with in Northampton County Virginia in Early 17th.
# 2413 | 975 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on Nov 09, 2001 in Ethnic Studies (Africa) , History (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper talks about how slaves and people of different races were dealt with in Northampton County Virginia in Early 17th century. The author examines race, justice and economics in this society arguing that the court system and rights of justice were equal for all races. The author includes a look at one African family.

From the Paper:

"Northampton County Virginia, in the 1650's, provided an abundance of space for growth and partial equalization for any race. Anthony Johnson, for example, was an African in Northampton who not only owned a sizable estate but had a large family and owned slaves. What made his success, as a planter and patriarch possible were the societal characteristics of 17th century Virginia and its inhabitants as well as Johnson's strong personal ambition and family support. This society had a hierarchy based on economics rather than race, and a court system that found justice with little regard to skin color. Johnson's family provided emotional and financial support, and fueled his ambition through their need for his support as well."

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