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Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South
Edited by Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr., with Kym S. Rice. ISBN 0-8139-1332-2. Copyright 1991. Softcover with 220 pages.
This book is a companion to an exhibition organized by the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. Generously illustrated, “Before Freedom Came” contains maps, photographs of people and artifacts, paintings, drawings, and letters. This book is intended for a broad audience and the general reader, as well as the student and scholar. The authors of the essays draw on original research and historical literature to provide a view of African-American life in the South within a critical period of great change. Essays included are “Slavery in the American Experience,” “Plantation Landscapes of the Antebellum South,” “The World of Plantation Slaves,” “Female Slaves in the Plantation South,” “Black Life in Old South Cities,” and “The Archaeology of Slave Life.”