Israel on the Appomattox

Israel on the Appomattox

A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom From 1790s Through the Civil War

Book - 2004
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Thomas Jefferson denied that whites and freed blacks could live together in harmony. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not only disagreed, but made it possible for ninety African Americans to prove Jefferson wrong. Israel on the Appomattox tells the story of these liberated blacks and the community they formed, called Israel Hill, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. There, the former Randolph slaves and other free African Americans established farms, navigated the Appomattox River, and became entrepreneurs. Free blacks and whites did business with one another, sued each other, worked side by side for equal wages, joined forces to found a Baptist congregation, moved west together, and occasionally settled down as man and wife. Slavery cast its grim shadow, even over the lives of the free, yet on Israel Hill we discover a moving story of hardship and hope that defies our expectations of the Old South. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York :, A. Knopf :, Distributed by Random House,, 2004.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780679447382
0679447385
Branch Call Number: 975.5632004 EL
Characteristics: x, 640 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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