Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
‘A Nuisance Requiring Correction’: Firearm Laws, Black Mobility, and White Property in Antebellum Eastern North Carolina
Slaves and maroon communities were perceived as a threat to white property in Eastern North Carolina during the antebellum era. While slaves did have legal access to firearms during the colonial period, this access was revoked following the 1831 Nat Turner Rebellion in Virginia. This article discusses the use of black firearm laws as a means of protecting white property and mitigating the perceived black threat.