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 Posted: Sat Mar 3rd, 2007 02:39 am
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Steven

You're correct about there were instances where former slaves, then freed, owned slaves. Several of the plantations around Natchitoches, La (where Horse Soldiers was filmed) were once owned by freed black individuals. One case in point was a former slave of a french plantation owner who freed his former mistress/slave. She was given land. She subsequently bought slaves and ran the plantation in order to obtain enough money to free her enslaved family members. Many descendents of this family still live in North and Central La. There also instances in New Orleans where freed black individuals owned slaves. A good book (historical fiction) which covers the black population in pre-civil war New Orleans is Fiest of All Saints by Anne Rice (the only one I've ever read by her)

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