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ISBN: 0813108403
Author: Juliet E.K. Walker
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; Reissue edition (January 18, 1995)
Pages: 240
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
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Free Frank: A Black Pione. has been added to your Cart. Walker is a professor in the History Department and the founder and director of the Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Free Frank: A Black Pione. She has written numerous books in African American history, including The History of Black Business in America.

Juliet Walker has performed a task of historical detection in recreating the life of Free Frank from family traditions, limited personal papers, public documents, and secondary sources. In doing so, she has added a significant chapter to the history of African Americans.

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Juliet Walker has performed a task of historical detection in recreating the life of Free Frank from family traditions . eISBN: 978-0-8131-4851-9 Save.

Free Frank McWorter (1777–September 7, 1854) was an American slave who bought his own freedom and in 1836 . Juliet E. K. Walker, Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier, Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1983.

Free Frank McWorter (1777–September 7, 1854) was an American slave who bought his own freedom and in 1836 founded the town of New Philadelphia in Illinois; he was the first African American to found a town in the United States. The New Philadelphia Town Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009. In the late 20th century, a local history group recruited archaeologists to explore the long-abandoned town site.

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Walker, Juliet E. 1983 Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington. Authors and Affiliations. Abdul (Gerald) Alkalimat (McWorter).

Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier by Juliet EK Walker - 1995 - 242 pages About this book.

The story of Free Frank is not only a testament to human courage and resourcefulness but affords new insight into the American frontier. Born a slave in the South Carolina piedmont in 1777, Frank died a free man in 1854 in a town he had founded in western Illinois. His accomplishments, creditable for any frontiersman, were for a black man extraordinary.We first learn details of Frank's life when in 1795 his owner moved to Pulaski County, Kentucky. We know that he married Lucy, a slave on a neighboring farm, in 1799. Later he was allowed to hire out his time, and when his owner moved to Tennessee, Frank was left in charge of the Kentucky farm. During the War of 1812, he set up his own saltpeter works, an enterprise he maintained until he left Kentucky. In 1817 he purchased his wife's freedom for $800; two years later he bought his own liberty for the same price. Now free, he expanded his activities, purchasing land and dealing in livestock.With his wife and four of his children, Free Frank left Kentucky in 1830 to settle on a new frontier. In Pike County, Illinois, he purchased a farm and later, in 1836, platted and successfully promoted the town of New Philadelphia. The desire for freedom was an obvious spur to his commercial efforts. Through his lifetime of work he purchased the liberty of sixteen members of his family at a cost of nearly $14,000.Goods and services commanded a premium in the life of the frontier. Free Frank's career shows what an exceptional man, through working against great odds, could accomplish through industry, acumen, and aggressiveness. His story suggests a great deal about business activity and legal practices, as well as racial conditions, on the frontier.Juliet Walker has performed a task of historical detection in recreating the life of Free Frank from family traditions, limited personal papers, public documents, and secondary sources. In doing so, she has added a significant chapter to the history of African Americans.

Comments:

Whiteseeker
This is the most fascinating book I have ever read regarding what a person can do when he puts himself into it. Amazing sacrifice, determination and hard work, that was Frank McWhorter. A must read if you want to see a view of the mid 19th century by reading the life of a man who came out of slavery and lived in extreme hardship with integrity seldom seen these days.
POFOD
The book Free Frank is an academically written book, which combines a family history with a local and national timeline and societal view. Excellent for my research. Please note the times and treatment of non-white males was not-politicaly correct and is frankly at times depressing in it's accuracy and detail. The author freely notes some of the difficulties of doing family research on the frontier, during this time and especially facing non-free family research.
Xangeo
This book is about a great man overcoming the odds. This book explains a lot about our early settlers and how slavery played an imprtant part of that development. The author did great research to give a true account of the life and times of "Free Frank". This should be read by all who want to hear the true story.
Llallayue
Great read on slavery
Rishason
Walker wrote this biography of an ancestor who is a remarkable figure in American history. Born a slave, Free Frank used his free time on evenings and Sundays to extract saltpeter from guano in Kentucky, as well as surveying land, and made enough money to first buy his wife out of slavery, then, with her income as a freewoman, to buy himself out of slavery. His industry, sterling character, and persistence eventually allowed him to become wealthy as a real estate developer on the Illinois frontier. He bought all of his children out of slavery, and upon his death, all of his grandchildren as well. And he did it all without ever learning to write.
While certainly atypical, he is a reminder that even though the legal system was set up to the detriment of blacks throughout the slave states, it was possible for a slave with a careless or sympathetic master to become free -- and once free, to become wealthy. This is an inspiring story. Just don't read this one book and assume that you know everything you need to know about American slavery. This is the encouraging reminder that even a bigoted legal system wasn't enough to keep a hard worker from moving ahead in the relatively free market of the American frontier.

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