Title

‘Never be free without trustin’ some person’: Networking and buying freedom in the nineteenth-century United States

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-3-2019

Abstract

© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The strengthening economy of slavery in the nineteenth-century United States further solidified the commodification of the enslaved and their labor. In response to these forces some African-Americans looked to use slavery’s market to buy their freedom. Self-purchase was a crucial path to freedom for African-Americans throughout the nineteenth century. This article examines how African-Americans created economic opportunities, formed networks, and accumulated both social and economic capital as they worked to buy freedom.

Publication Title

Slavery and Abolition

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