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Family Values in the Old South
     

Family Values in the Old South

by Craig Thompson Friend (Editor), Anya Jabour (Editor)
 

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"Will become a useful addition to our understanding of antebellum Southern families, especially in demonstrating their multiple forms, definitions, and functions."--Sally McMillen, Davidson College

This collection of essays on family life in the nineteenth-century American South reevaluates the concept of family by looking at mourning practices, farming

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"Will become a useful addition to our understanding of antebellum Southern families, especially in demonstrating their multiple forms, definitions, and functions."--Sally McMillen, Davidson College

This collection of essays on family life in the nineteenth-century American South reevaluates the concept of family by looking at mourning practices, farming practices, tavern life, houses divided by politics, and interracial marriages. Individual essays examine cross-plantation marriages among slaves, white orphanages, childhood mortality, miscegenation and inheritance, domestic activities such as sewing, and same-sex relationships.

Editors Craig Thompson Friend and Anya Jabour have collected work from a range of diverse and innovative historians. The volume uncovers more about Southern family life and values than we have previously known and raises new questions about how Southerners conceptualized family--from demographic structures, power relations, and gender roles to the relationship of family to society. In three sections, these ten essays explore the definition of family in the nineteenth-century South, examine the economics of family life, both rural and urban, and ultimately answer the question "what did family mean in the Old South?"

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813034188
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
01/24/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Craig Thompson Friend is associate professor of history at North Carolina State University. Anya Jabour is professor of history at the University of Montana.

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