Free Blacks in Antebellum Texas

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Editor: Bruce A. Glasrud and Milton S. Jordan
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Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781574416145
Physical Description: 6x9. 320 pp. Notes. Bib. Index.
Publication Date: September 2015

Free Blacks in Antebellum Texas collects the essays of Harold R. Schoen and Andrew Forest Muir, early scholars who conducted the most complete studies on the topic, although neither published a book. Schoen published six articles on “The Free Negro in Republic of Texas” and Muir four articles on free blacks in Texas before the Civil War.

Free black Texans experienced the dangers and risks of life on the frontier in Texas. Those experiences, and many others, required of them a strength and fortitude that evidenced the spirit and abilities of free blacks in antebellum Texas. Sometimes with support from a few whites, as well as their own efforts, they struggled and survived. Editors Bruce A. Glasrud and Milton S. Jordan include a thoughtful introduction and a wide-ranging bibliography.

"Schoen and Muir were first-rate historians, and their pioneering work stands today as outstanding scholarship. The editors provide a solid overview of the subject, and their bibliography will be useful to anyone interested on free blacks in Texas."—Randolph B. Campbell, author of Gone to Texas and An Empire for Slavery

About Author:

BRUCE A. GLASRUD is Professor Emeritus of History, California State University, East Bay. He has published twenty-nine books, including the two-volume Tracking the Texas Rangers and The African American Experience in Texas. He lives in San Antonio. 

MILTON S. JORDAN is a graduate of Southwestern University in History and has a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist University. He is co-editor of If Not Me, Who? a memoir of East Texas civil rights activist Wendell Baker. Jordan lives in Georgetown, Texas.

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