‘Never be free without trustin’ some person’: Networking and buying freedom in the nineteenth-century United States
© 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.
Slavery and Abolition
Bernier, J. (2019). ‘Never be free without trustin’ some person’: Networking and buying freedom in the nineteenth-century United States. Slavery and Abolition. Retrieved from https://ir.una.edu/hist_facpub/2