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Harper's Weekly, March 16, 1872

Fishermen in the Chesapeake

In Southern cities such as New Orleans or Baltimore, it was not unusual for free African Americans to be employed as carpenters, blacksmiths, coopers, or fishermen. This was especially true prior to the 1850s, when there were few immigrants competing with them for jobs.

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