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The Spirit of Governance

WILLIAM DUSINBERRE

in Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195326031
eISBN:
9780199868308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326031.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Several instances of relatively benevolent conduct toward slaves, directed usually toward a house servant, a skilled artisan, a “family slave,” or a mixed-race person, can be discovered in the Polk ... More


A Market for Labor Power

WILLIAM DUSINBERRE

in Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195326031
eISBN:
9780199868308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326031.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Polk was caught up in the expansive, entrepreneurial ethic of the cotton frontier, and his principal impulses as a slavemaster were acquisitive rather than paternalist. He sought, successfully, to ... More


Seeking Freedom in the Midst of Slavery: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South

Damian Alan Pargas

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

Slave flight in the antebellum South did not always coincide with the political geography of freedom. Indeed, spaces and places within the U.S. South attracted the largest number of fugitive slaves. ... More


Forced Separation

Damian Alan Pargas

in The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035147
eISBN:
9780813038773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035147.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

No slave family in the antebellum South was completely safeguarded from the chance of forced separation, but scholars have long disagreed about the extent of family breakups and even the methods of ... More


Slavery, Family, and Fatherhood, 1830–1860

Jürgen Martschukat

in American Fatherhood: A History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781479892273
eISBN:
9781479804740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479892273.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

The third chapter explores the history of slavery. It is written from the perspective of the slave father Tom Jones and uses his slave narrative and his letters from the early 1850s as source ... More


Weathering Different Storms

Damian Alan Pargas

in The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035147
eISBN:
9780813038773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035147.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter presents the conclusion to this study of the impact of local agriculture on the slave families living in various localities of the non-cotton South. It states that typical slave families ... More


Borderland Maroons

Sylviane A. Diouf

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

Unlike their African forebears, most American maroons in the antebellum period did not look for freedom in remote hinterland locations. Instead, they settled in the borderlands of farms or ... More


Introduction: Agency, Diversity, and Slave Families

Damian Alan Pargas

in The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035147
eISBN:
9780813038773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035147.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Despite enormous research work on the subject of slavery, many aspects of enslaved people's social lives remain shrouded in mystery for contemporary scholars, particularly with regard to slave family ... More


Family Contact during Working Hours

Damian Alan Pargas

in The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035147
eISBN:
9780813038773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035147.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter addresses the experiences of slave families during working hours. How did work and the nature of regional agriculture affect slave family contact during their time for the master? What ... More


A Self-Sustaining Population: The Family Life of Slaves

David M. Stark

in Slave Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813060439
eISBN:
9780813050669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060439.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Slave families were relatively stable and marital unions were often of long duration. Higher fertility levels exhibited by married and unmarried mothers suggest that fecundity was greater in areas ... More


Slavery: A Reexamination of its Impact

Donna L. Franklin and Angela D. James

in Ensuring Inequality: The Structural Transformation of the African-American Family, Revised Edition

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199374878
eISBN:
9780190254186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374878.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Marriage and the Family

This chapter assesses arguments about the impact of slavery on the development of a distinctive African American culture. Specifically, historical arguments about the impact of slavery on ... More


Enlightened Mothers of Families or Competent Domestic Servants?: Elites Imagine the Meanings of Freedom

Camillia Cowling

in Conceiving Freedom: Women of Color, Gender, and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469610870
eISBN:
9781469611808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469610870.003.0007
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter explores how elites' discussion of questions—such as, Could women help construct newly “moralized” ex-slave families, educating and socializing their children for lives in freedom? Or ... More


French and American Childhoods: St. Louis in the Early Republic

Martha Saxton

in Children and Youth in a New Nation

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814757420
eISBN:
9780814759851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter illustrates the differing methods of child-rearing in St. Louis during the early republic, specifically examining the lives of young girls shaped by their parents' expectations for their ... More


In Search of Kinfolk and Loved Ones

Larry Eugene Rivers

in Rebels and Runaways: Slave Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Florida

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036910
eISBN:
9780252094033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036910.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter analyzes one of slavery′s most unfortunate aspects, the separation of family and kinfolk. In their dream to regain what they had lost in the Upper South, elite planter families and less ... More


Canadienne Rose

Lea VanderVelde

in Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199927296
eISBN:
9780190252670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199927296.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The Chouteau family, as founders of St. Louis, occupied a pre-eminent position in the city for over a century. This chapter focuses on the case of the Canadienne Rose family, who were one of the last ... More


Introduction

James Marten

in Children and Youth during the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814796078
eISBN:
9780814763391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814796078.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of two of the famous novels written about the Civil War era, where children and families provided the emotional centers: Uncle Tom's Cabin by ... More


A Stolen Life: Excerpts from the Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself (1847)

James Marten

in Children and Youth in a New Nation

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814757420
eISBN:
9780814759851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter presents excerpts from a memoir written by William W. Brown, a former slave. His early life was shaped by two constants: the instability of his personal life and his determination to ... More


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