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<p>Despite the growing opposition to slavery by some whites during the early 1800s, communities, such as the Black Fork Settlement, illustrate the prejudice that existed in Ohio during the years before the American Civil War. Ohio was a state that did not allow slavery. Nevertheless, that did not mean that whites were open to granting African Americans equal rights. Free blacks found that it was difficult to get fair treatment, and they often formed their own communities away from whites for protection.</p>
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#Howe, Henry. <em>Historical Collections of Ohio in Two Volumes</em>. Vol. II. Cincinnati, OH: C.J. Krehbiel & Co., Printers and Binders, 1902.
#Roseboom, Eugene H. <em>The Civil War Era: 1850-1873</em>. Columbus: Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1944.
#Wibur H. Siebert Collection. The Ohio Historical Society. Columbus, OH. #Woodson, Byron W., Sr. <em>A President in the Family: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and Thomas Woodson</em>. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001.
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