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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--contingent on first completing the master's assigned work for the day. In particular, Hudson shows how these opportunities were exploited by the slaves both to increase their control over their family life and to gain status among their fellow slaves.

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. List of Genealogical Charts
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. ONE: For Better for Worse: The Slaves' World of Work
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. TWO: For Richer for Poorer: The Family as an Economic Unit
  2. pp. 32-78
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  1. THREE: In Sickness and in Health: Disease, Death, and Family Disruption
  2. pp. 79-140
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  1. FOUR: To Love and to Cherish: The Slave Family
  2. pp. 141-176
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  1. CONCLUSION: To Have and to Hold
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 185-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-241
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820337272
Related ISBN
9780820318301
MARC Record
OCLC
656846698
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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