Posted by ESC on April 16, 2007
In Reply to: Free, white and twenty-one posted by Bruce Kahl on April 16, 2007
: : : Ok ya'll. I googled this and find no reference. Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "free, white and twenty-one?" I think it's Southern US derivation.
: : perhaps it is the opposite of "young gifted and black"?
: : L
: I am not 100% on this but I think it is from a Hollywood film, either "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" or "Gone With The Wind".
It's an old saying. I don't know the origin though.