Analysis – Myne Owne Ground

Myne Own Ground: Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1640-1676 (T.H. Breen and Stephen Innes, Oxford Press, 1980).

Conventional historical analysis of the rise of racism and slavery in the South paints a very broad brush of these as imported from European settlers from the outset of American colonization.  Authors Thomas Breen and Stephen Innes, however, counter this thought by targeting the historical records of interactions between free blacks and the rest of society along Virginia’s eastern shore during the early seventeenth century.


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