Self-Emancipated Negroes

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Self-Emancipated Negroes
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Unnamed Self-Emancipated Negroes
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Black
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Free Black
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Peripheral
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Alive
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While most of the former slaves in Faulkner's fiction remain with the white families that owned them before the Civil War (for example, Ringo, Louvinia and Joby in this story), several of the fictions acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of enslaved blacks who simply left the plantations to quest for freedom by following the Union armies as they moved through the South. The "Negroes" who "pass in the road [beside Hawkhurst] all night long" (59) are among these "self-emancipated" people; they are described in more detail in the short story "Raid," another of The Unvanquished stories.

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