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AMBIGUOUS LIVES: Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia, 1789-1879.

Alexander, Adele Logan.

ISBN 10: 1557282145 / ISBN 13: 9781557282149
Published by Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1991. dj, 1991
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. INSCRIBED by the author on the half title page, and dated in the year of publication ('To Deedee, with best wishes and thanks for your contribution to a wonderful event.') A study based on the lives of the women in her own family - neither black nor white, affluent nor impoverished, enslaved nor truly free, they lived and died in a shadowy realm. Photographs, charts, extensive notes and references, index. 268 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 29471

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Title: AMBIGUOUS LIVES: Free Women of Color in ...

Publisher: Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1991. dj

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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1992 Myers Center Outstanding Book on Human Rights

Historians have produced scores of studies on white men, extraordinary white women, and even the often anonymous mass of enslaved Black people in the United States. But in this innovative work, Adele Logan Alexander chronicles there heretofore undocumented dilemmas of one of nineteenth-century America’s most marginalized groups—free women of color in the rural South.

Ambiguous Lives focuses on the women of Alexander’s own family as representative of this subcaste of the African-American community. Their forbears, in fact, included Africans, Native Americans, and whites. Neither black nor white, affluent nor impoverished, enslaved nor truly free, these women of color lived and died in a shadowy realm situated somewhere between the legal, social, and economic extremes of empowered whites and subjugated blacks. Yet, as Alexander persuasively argues, these lives are worthy of attention precisely because of these ambiguities—because the intricacies, gradations, and subtleties of their anomalous experience became part of the tangled skein of American history and exemplify our country’s endless diversity, complexity, and self-contradictions.

Written as a “reclamation” of a long-ignored substratum of our society, Ambiguous Lives is more than the story of one family—it is a well-researched and fascinating profile of America, its race and gender relations, and its complex cultural weave.

 

 

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Written as a "reclamation" of a long-ignored substratum of our society, Ambiguous Lives is more than the story of one family?it is a well-researched and fascinating profile of America, its race and gender relations, and its complex cultural weave.

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