Family bonds free blacks and re enslavement law in antebellum virginia by ted maris wolf view inside detailed account of a significant issue in black white relationships in antebellum virginia engaging and grounded in social history making family bonds a pleasure to read martha s jones author of all bound up together the . Family bonds free blacks and re enslavement law in antebellum virginia ted maris wolf on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers between 1854 and 1864 more than a hundred free african americans in virginia proposed to enslave themselves and. Ted maris wolfs family bonds free blacks and re enslavement law in antebellum virginia is notable for its narrow scope and broad ambitions the book focuses on an unusual law passed by the virginia legislature in 1856 and revised in 1861 that allowed free blacks to petition to be sold into slavery to a master of their own choosing. Maris wolfs family bonds joins other scholarship examining free african americans fight to retain their visions of freedom in the antebellum slaveholding states granted their freedom by birth self purchase or manumission many free blacks encountered laws prohibiting them from remaining in their state. Family bonds free blacks and re enslavement law in antebellum virginia henry champ undertook his epic journey to secure liberty for himself and his family on ohios free soil champ was unusual however in that he had been free by birth in virginia and his story reminds us that the iconic crossing of the ohio river not only
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