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To Have and to Hold: Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South Carolina (Paperback)
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To Have and to Hold: Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South Carolina (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 30/05/2016
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Looking closely at both the slaves' and masters' worlds in low, middle, and up-country South Carolina, Larry E. Hudson Jr. covers a wide range of economic and social topics related to the opportunities given to slaves to produce and trade their own food and other goods. Filled with details of slaves' social values, family formation, work patterns, "internal economies," and domestic production, To Have and to Hold is based on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, emphasizing wherever possible the recollections of former slaves. Although their private world was never immune to intervention from the white world, Hudson demonstrates a relationship between the agricultural productivity of slaves, in family situations that range from simple to complex formations, and the accumulation of personal property and social status within slave communities.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820350370
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

No reader will come away from this book without having reconsidered and reimagined much of the conventional scholarly wisdom surrounding the slave family. . . . Hudson merits praise for this provocative study.

--H-SHEAR

An important contribution to slave studies . . . Although this volume is slender, the descriptions of slave life are thick and deep, rendering a more nuanced appreciation of both the hardships confronting slaves and the coping mechanisms of antebellum African Americans anchored on plantations.

--Journal of American History

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