African American Slave Stereotype in the Free Status of the Antebellum Era An Historical Analysis Debunking the Absolutist Southern Myth of the African American Slave Stereotype in the Free Status of the Antebellum Era This historical analysis will define various arguments against the myth of the African American slave stereotype that has historically underwritten the “free” status blacks that lived during the antebellum era. The foundation of this historical period revolves around the white southern propaganda that often deferred the “free’ status of nearly 150, 000 black men and women. The freedom of African Americans to work on the Mississippi and in other regions of the South, however, provided evidence of their ability to build...The end:
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