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September 23, 2013

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Brando Simeo Starkey

Indeed. This is a very interesting article. I'll have to take a look at it.

Andrea L. Dennis

Thanks, Al, for the shout-out and for adding Brando’s forthcoming book to my reading list. I too see a connection between our works. Loyalty is a significant theme in the article, as it is in Brando’s book. Today, discussions of Black loyalty and Black (non)cooperation with government prosecutions abound. This article is my effort to bring an historical perspective to the conversation, and the article reveals that during slavery, Blacks confronted with the choice of informing (or not) considered many factors, and loyalty – whether to one-self, to other Blacks, or to one’s owner – featured prominently as an element. I look forward to expanding the effort by next examining Black informing during Reconstruction and Jim Crow.

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