1815-1860: National Expansion and Reform
In some Northern cities, for brief periods of time, black
property owners voted. A very small number of free blacks
owned slaves. The slaves that most free blacks purchased
were relatives whom they later manumitted. A few free blacks
also owned slave holding plantations in Louisiana, Virginia,
and South Carolina.
Blacks were also outspoken in print. Freedom's
first black-owned newspaper, appeared in 1827. This paper
and other early writings by blacks fueled the attack against
slavery and racist conceptions about the intellectual inferiority
of African Americans.
People, Places and Events
- Harriet Powers (1837-1911): Folk artist of quilits
made by Powers
Ross Tubman: Moses of Her People (1820-1913):
Runaway slave from Maryland and agent for the underground
- Nathaniel "Nat" Turner (1800-1831):
Turner's Rebellion, 1831"