Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law

Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law

by Loren Schweninger


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469619118
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

Loren Schweninger is Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is coauthor, with the late John Hope Franklin, of In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Evolution of Divorce Laws 1

2 Adultery and the Question of Race 17

3 Insanity, Alcoholism, Abandonment, and Abuse 32

4 Lawyers, Judges, Juries, and Decrees 58

5 Married Women and Property 80

6 Slaves and Owners' Domestic Conflicts 98

Conclusion 115

An Essay on Sources and Methodology 119

Appendix 1 127

Appendix 2 131

Notes 151

Bibliography 205

Index 229

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Original, insightful, and gripping. With meticulous research, lively examples of divorces and judicial controversies, and captivating prose, Schweninger explores the problems that southern devotion to patriarchy perpetuated.—Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Richard J. Milbauer Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, and author of Southern Honor, Yankee Saints and Southern Sinners, and The Shaping of Southern Culture

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