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The Free Negro in Ante-Bellum North Carolina

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The term \"free Negro\" for the purposes of this article refers to \"all free mulattoes, descended from Negro ancestors to the fourth generation inclusive, though one ancestor of each generation may have been a white person\" in the state before 1861. The author describes the state's population of free African Americans before the Civil War attempting to understand occupations, geographical concentrations across the state, and to quantify this group.