Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890

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UPNE, Jul 31, 2010 - Social Science - 232 pages
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An impressive work of historical recovery, Discovering Black Vermont tells the story of three generations of free blacks trying to build a life and community in northern Vermont in the years following statehood. By piecing together fragments of the history of free blacks in Vermont--tax and estate records, journals, diaries, and the like--the author recovers what is essentially a lost world, establishing a framework for using primary sources to document a forgotten past. The book is an invaluable resource for those conducting local history research and will serve as inspiration for high school and college students and their teachers.
 

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Guyette's painstaking study of a community of African-American farmers in Vermont during the century from 1790 to 1890 opens the eyes of many readers who have always believed the oft-quoted "Vermont ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Founding Mothers and Fathers of the Hill 1790s1800s
16
2 Peaks and Valleys on the Hill Farms 1810s1820s
35
3 Life and Death on the Hill 1830s1840s
59
4 Prelude to War 18501860
88
5 The Civil War Years 18611865
115
6 The PostCivil War Years
138
Vulnerable Spaces
154
Acknowledgments
159
Notes
161
Bibliography
197
Index
211
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ELISE A. GUYETTE, Ed.D., is a historian active in efforts to develop Vermont's diversity curriculum in K-12 schools.

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