"I've heard some of the young people laugh about slave love, but they should envy the love which kept mother and father so close together in life and even held them in death." Alonzo Haywood's comment reflected on the relationship between his father, Willis Haywood, and his mother, Mirana Denson, who were both enslaved in antebellum North Carolina. He explained that while his father was enslaved at Falls of Neuse, he fell in love with Mirana Denson, who lived in Raleigh, "He come to see her every chance he got and then they were married." Reflecting on the strength and sincerity of his parents' feelings for one another he commented, "Mother died near twenty years ago and father died four years later. He had not cared to live since mother left him."
"Love Seems with Them More to be an Eager Desire": Racialized Stereotypes in the Slaveholding South 22
Asking Master Mack to Court: Competing Spheres of Influence 32
Getting Out to Play and Courting All They Pleased: The Social and Temporal Geographies of Enslaved Courtship 52
Taking a Whipping for Lily: Courtship as a Narrative of Resistance 69
A Red Satin Ribbon Tied around My Finger: The Meaning of the Wedding Ceremony 88