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The author explores changes in legislation which opened up new apprenticeship opportunities for free African American children. An apprenticeship system offered the primary route for skilled African American males, though little information regarding young women is available. Statistical information concerning wages and occupations of free African Americans is provided, especially from the 1850 and 1860 periods when Federal Census Records broadened to include this information.
The second part of this article focuses more on the economic and social life of free African Americans in rural North Carolina. Here the author focuses more on property, the rights of free African Americans to transfer such personal holdings, and the general value of such properties. The author also explores the issue of free African Americans owning their own slaves, not a common occurrence but one with some historical documentation.