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- DescriptionDraws on ex-slave narratives, oral histories, written memoirs, and public records to describe how the freedom colonies formed and recreates the lifeways of African Americans who made their living by farming or in skilled trades such as milling. The authors also uncover the forces that led to the decline of the communities from the 1930s onward.
- Author BiographyThad Sitton is an independent scholar and writer in Austin, Texas. Among his ten other books on Texas history are three winners of the Texas Historical Commission's T.R. Fehrenbach best book award. Until his retirement, James H. Conrad worked as an oral historian, librarian, and archivist at Texas A&M University-Commerce. In 2002, he received the Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Oral History Association.
- PrizesWinner of Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award 2006 (United States) and Best Book on East Texas, East Texas Historical Association 2007 (United States).
- Author(s)James H. Conrad,Thad Sitton
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2005
- GenreRegional History
- Series TitleJack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2005
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note39 b&w photos
- Weight517 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Photographs byRichard Orton
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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