Today, adulting education comes as a short post on financial self-defense in DC history, which is one of the pre-requisite bits of knowledge to be proven before one can show that one is a true adult, in the proposed Adulthood Challenge. This part of the three parts of self-defense (physical, financial and emotional self-defense), involves knowing your rights and responsibilities in your state or region, as well as in your nation of residence (and origin, if that nation, as often happens, has a claim on you, still).
Before I delve into DC history, please remember to “Adult” for yourself, and find out what your legal financial rights are, for instance regarding statutes of limitations on debt, which is is your responsibility to know and defend…
Here is why I am using an old photo taken of me with a fellow anti-war peaceful protestor at the weekly silent Stop The War vigil in Bath, England, back in 2007: it reminds me of where I personally have been, just as the research I did on DC history reminded me where my family and those around them, from DC and the MD, VA, but mostly DC area, since well before the Civil War, in varying states of free-ness, but all either MU (mulatto) or Black, and thus subject to the Black Codes in whichever of the three states they live in or passed through. So they really had to be Adults, and know the laws of every area they were in or from. Part of that “adulting,” as some people like to call it these days, included protecting themselves and their family members whenever possible by owning property
gender-diffs among Black landowners in Wash. County, 1855… Curious…
I do not have time now, but I am dying to look into why (on p. 127 of Washington at home: An illustrated history of neighborhoods in the nation’s capital; second edition, 2010, JHU Press, Kathryn Schneider Smith, ed.)
4 of the 5 black landowners in what is now roughly the Brightwood neighborhood (via the 1855 Washington County assessment listing 31 landowners along the 7th St. Turnpike, opened in 1822, from Rock Creek Church Rd to the District Line
(presumably meaning to what was then Boundary Street, now FL ave., marking the border of the Federal City, aka City of Washington) Line, were women.
No time to delve, must check this wonderful book out again in a few weeks!
So, it turns out that many of the former slaves who owned property were light-skinned women, manumitted by their owners, as has happened in at least two cases in my family. This may or many not partially explain the lack of Black male property owners in DC at the time vis-a-vis Black Women owners. More research is needed, but it holds with commentary down the family line about women being differently positioned in the DC black community. More on my continuing striving with family history and financial self-defense next week, friends:
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Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:
1.) Search for two different resources on your ideas of financial self-defense.
2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.
3.) Share your thoughts on how you found and like each of the resources you found, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,
4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses that information, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.
Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?
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2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
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