Black Property Owners in the South, 1790-1915

Author: Loren Schweninger
The data-driven, award-winning look at the evolution of Black property ownership
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1997
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About the Book

Property ownership has been a traditional means for African Americans to gain recognition and enter the mainstream of American life. This landmark study documents this significant, but often overlooked, aspect of the Black experience from the late eighteenth century to World War I.

About the Author

Loren Schweninger is a professor emeritus of history and Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. His books include Appealing for Liberty: Freedom Suits in the South.

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"A monumental, authoritative study. . . . Well written, insightful, and displaying clarity in assessments and interpretation."--Juliet E. K. Walker, The Journal of Southern History

"Far more than a dry statistical study of land ownership. It treats racial restrictions, social interactions, group values, marriage, family, and race relations and is larded with rich anecdotal material of the black struggle for property, independence, and respect. It is a must for anyone interested in black and southern history."--Joe M. Richardson, Civil War History


Winner of the Elliott Rudwick Award, 1990.