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The Ties of Nature: The Planter Family in the Seaboard

Joan E Cashin

in A Family Venture

Published in print January 1992 | ISBN: 9780195053449
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853861 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195053449.003.0002
The Ties of Nature: The Planter Family in the Seaboard

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The life of Samuel Townes of South Carolina, born in 1806 near the village of Greenville is the opening story in this book, vividly describing the life in this part of the west, the kind of culture, traditions, and world-views that were shared and transferred from generation to generations within a planter family in the Old Southwest and the seaboard. A distinct characteristic found in this text is the rich nuclear ties imbibed in a planter family. But with Samuel Townes the desire and transition of leaving his successful family to start anew away from the pressures brought by blood-ties paints the irony to the story. This chapter creatively molds the image of the southwestern life, its rich kinship, and the roles played by the members of the family. It also reveals the existing state of slavery and stiff social classification in the West.

Keywords: Samuel Townes; Old Southwest; kinship; nuclear ties; social classification

Chapter.  8053 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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