"Myne Owne Ground": Race and Freedom on Virginias Eastern Shore, 1640-1676

Paperback | September 16, 2004

byT. H. Breen, Stephen Innes

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Ever since its publication twenty-five years ago, "Myne Owne Ground" has challenged readers to rethink much of what is taken for granted about American race relations. During the earliest decades of Virginia history, some men and women who arrived in the New World as slaves achieved freedom and formed a stable community on the Eastern shore. Holding their own with white neighbors for much of the 17th century, these free blacks purchased freedom for familymembers, amassed property, established plantations, and acquired laborers. T.H. Breen and Stephen Innes reconstruct a community in which ownership of property was as significant as skin color in structuring social relations. Why this model of social interaction in race relations did not survivemakes this a critical and urgent work of history. In a new foreword, Breen and Innes reflect on the origins of this book, setting it into the context of Atlantic and particularly African history.

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Ever since its publication twenty-five years ago, "Myne Owne Ground" has challenged readers to rethink much of what is taken for granted about American race relations. During the earliest decades of Virginia history, some men and women who arrived in the New World as slaves achieved freedom and formed a stable community on the Easter...

T. H. Breen is at Northwestern University. Stephen Innes is at University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:September 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195175379

ISBN - 13:9780195175370

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"A thorough exploitation of available sources coupled with a sophisticated understanding of the difficult issues confronting those trying to unravel the complexities of early American race relations....[Breen and Innes] have reminded us of forgotten alternatives in this society's racialodyssey."--The Journal of Southern History