In 1775, Thomas Jeremiah was one of fewer than 500 'Free Negros' in South Carolina and, with an estimated worth of GBP 1000, possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America. This title tells Jeremiah's story, illuminating the contradiction between a nation that would be born in a struggle for freedom and yet deny it.
J. William Harris is professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of The Making of the American South, Deep Souths (finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in history), and Plain Folk and Gentry in a Slave Society. He lives in Arlington, MA.