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“This Most Illegal Family”: Sex, Slavery, and the Politics of Inheritance

Jeffory A. Clymer

in Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199897704
eISBN:
9780199980123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897704.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 1 examines white slaveowners’ efforts to bequeath property to their enslaved, or formerly enslaved, mistresses or their mixed-race children. More than isolated cases of generosity, goodwill, ... More


Free, Black, and Married: Frank J. Webb’s

Tess Chakkalakal

in Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter concerns the importance of marriage to the formation of a free black antebellum community. It discusses Frank J. Webb's 1857 novel, The Garies and Their Friends, which depicts the trials ... More


Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Tess Chakkalakal

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book unravels the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom through renewed readings of canonical nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors. Situating ... More


Head: Writing the African American Portrait

Sarah Blackwood

in The Portrait's Subject: Inventing Inner Life in the Nineteenth-Century United States

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469652597
eISBN:
9781469652610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652597.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores the cultural significance of portraiture for nineteenth-century Black American writers. It argues that many Black writers engaged with portraiture in their texts to both ... More


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