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The Impact of the Economic Development of Petersburg’s African American Communities and the Atlantic World

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Once an axis of Native American trade, Petersburg, Virginia was a crucial center during the development of North America's earliest English colony and a vibrant antebellum commercial hub. Petersburg's success was largely the result of the efforts Petersburg's African American communities. Antebellum Petersburg was home to the largest free black population in Virginia and an even larger, and highly skilled, enslaved population. Petersburg’s tobacco factories were manned by enslaved workers, and its free black communities included many property and business owners. The economic accomplishments of Petersburg’s black residents affected numerous developments including the establishment of two of the first black churches in the US in the late 18th century and the founding of Liberia in the early 19th century. Towards the close of the 19th century, Petersburg developed the first public educational institutions for African Americans in the state as well as the nation's most successful bi-racial political coalition; in the 20th century Petersburg served as a nexus of the Civil Rights Movement. This paper examines the economic accomplishments of Petersburg's black residents and considers how their success undergirded political, educational, religious, and social initiatives. It considers Petersburg’s local African American history in a national and international context as part of a larger project titled “Petersburg and the Atlantic World.”
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Proenza-Coles, Christina. "The Impact of the Economic Development of Petersburg’s African American Communities and the Atlantic World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435330_index.html>

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Proenza-Coles, C. , 2010-09-29 "The Impact of the Economic Development of Petersburg’s African American Communities and the Atlantic World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435330_index.html

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Abstract: Once an axis of Native American trade, Petersburg, Virginia was a crucial center during the development of North America's earliest English colony and a vibrant antebellum commercial hub. Petersburg's success was largely the result of the efforts Petersburg's African American communities. Antebellum Petersburg was home to the largest free black population in Virginia and an even larger, and highly skilled, enslaved population. Petersburg’s tobacco factories were manned by enslaved workers, and its free black communities included many property and business owners. The economic accomplishments of Petersburg’s black residents affected numerous developments including the establishment of two of the first black churches in the US in the late 18th century and the founding of Liberia in the early 19th century. Towards the close of the 19th century, Petersburg developed the first public educational institutions for African Americans in the state as well as the nation's most successful bi-racial political coalition; in the 20th century Petersburg served as a nexus of the Civil Rights Movement. This paper examines the economic accomplishments of Petersburg's black residents and considers how their success undergirded political, educational, religious, and social initiatives. It considers Petersburg’s local African American history in a national and international context as part of a larger project titled “Petersburg and the Atlantic World.”


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