The Role Of African Americans In The 1790 Census

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Although by the late eighteenth century slavery was disappearing from Connecticut the 1790 census indicates that a considerable number of free African American families continued to live in households that were headed by whites. Likely due to the economic and social struggle that remained, however in the town of Fairfield the census contained two households headed by non-whites. One of these two families headed by Sarah Hubbard had been independent since 1769. While most of Connecticut’s African Americans gained their freedom as slavery was abolished the Hubbards do not fit this pattern.
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