'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part: Love and Marriage in African America

'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part: Love and Marriage in African America

by Frances Smith Foster
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195328523

ISBN-13: 9780195328523

Pub. Date: 01/12/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Conventional wisdom tells us that marriage was illegal for African Americans during the antebellum era, and that if people married at all, their vows were tenuous ones: "until death or distance do us part." It is an impression that imbues beliefs about black families to this day. But it's a perception primarily based on documents produced by

Overview

Conventional wisdom tells us that marriage was illegal for African Americans during the antebellum era, and that if people married at all, their vows were tenuous ones: "until death or distance do us part." It is an impression that imbues beliefs about black families to this day. But it's a perception primarily based on documents produced by abolitionists, the state, or other partisans. It doesn't tell the whole story.

Drawing on a trove of less well-known sources including family histories, folk stories, memoirs, sermons, and especially the fascinating writings from the Afro-Protestant Press,'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part offers a radically different perspective on antebellum love and family life.

Frances Smith Foster applies the knowledge she's developed over a lifetime of reading and thinking. Advocating both the potency of skepticism and the importance of story-telling, her book shows the way toward a more genuine, more affirmative understanding of African American romance, both then and now.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195328523
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

One: Adam and Eve, Antony and Isabella
Two: Terms of Endearment
Three: Practical Thoughts, Divine Mandates, and the Afro-Protestant Press
Four: Rights and Rituals
Five: Myths, Memory, and Self-Realization
Six: Getting Stories Straight, Keeping Them Real
Seven: Alchemy of Personal Politics
Eight: Me, Mende, and Sankofa: An Epilogue

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