Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Many people have provided me with help of one kind or another during this project, which began as a Ph.D. thesis at the University of Liverpool. First and foremost, I should like to express my gratitude to my dissertation supervisor, Mike Tadman. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-18

This book explores intimate areas of the slave experience—relationships between men and women, love and affection between spouses, the abuse of female slaves by whites, the consequences of forced separations, and the overall sense of family among communities held in bondage. ...

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1. Courtship and Marriage

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pp. 19-42

What were the courtship and marriage rituals of antebellum South Carolina slaves, and from where did they originate? What was the nature of slave marital life? Little is known about these aspects of the lives of slaves, since traditional accounts of their social lives (largely written by white owners) tended to misinterpret ...

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2. Family Life

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pp. 43-79

In order to take further the argument that, despite owners, a strong sense of family was the norm among South Carolina slaves, the structure and nature of their families will now be examined. This chapter is concerned with the extent to which two-parent families were common among slaves, ...

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3. Work, Gender, and Status

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pp. 80-115

This chapter focuses on the work that slaves performed for owners and their own families. It also examines the extent to which labor was segregated by gender to assess the implications of work patterns on relationships between enslaved men and women. ...

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4. Interracial Sexual Contact

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pp. 116-140

Chapters 4 and 5 examine the exploitation inflicted upon slaves and the impact of this on male-female relations. Exploitation could take many forms, including physical punishment, sexual abuse, or sale and separation from loved ones. What is significant is that oppression by owners stimulated the slaves’ desire to create social space ...

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5. Enforced Separations

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pp. 141-156

In this extract from his autobiography, Charles Ball poignantly describes being forcibly separated from his wife and children in a chain gang that was headed for South Carolina and Georgia before being sold in Columbia, South Carolina. The impact of forced separations upon slaves was undoubtedly immense, ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 157-160

The fight of slaves to find their missing family members and to legalize their marriages following the ending of the Civil War has been well documented.1 It is likely that they sought to legally validate their partnerships in this way for various reasons, including the fact that it made their relationships acceptable to the law, ...

Appendixes

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pp. 161-164

Bibliography

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pp. 165-178

Index

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pp. 179-184