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Antebellum Black Community Analysis

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Boston’s economic and social opportunities and the presence of an established black community attracted many blacks who were migrating to Massachusetts. Many of the blacks born in the city were familiar with the migrant experience. Respectively, many members of the black community developed an empathy for the problems of newcomers. The diverse origins of these migrants contribute to the character of the antebellum black community. In 1850, 16 percent of these migrants had been born outside the borders of the United States. Blacks as well as all other immigrants traveled to cities where relatives and friends had gone before. Nonetheless they were also sensitive to the reputation of various northern cities. The experience of Peter Randolph, a
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