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Free African Americans in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Creative writing
Write a series of letters between a free African American in Augusta and a free African American in Franklin. It might be interesting to have the authors be actual people listed in the census manuscripts or Virginia free black registries. These letters could refer to the following: 1. the particular information you have learned about your two subjects, 2. information on free blacks in general, such as economic status, relationship with county and city government, educational opportunities.


Traditional essay
Compare the lives of free blacks in Augusta and in Franklin County OR compare the lives of free blacks and whites in Augusta County only. Your essay could consider the following: residential patterns, occupations, depiction in newspapers, place of birth, wealth.

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