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A Little More of This World's Goods: Family, Kinship, and Economics

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/9780195053449.003.0005
A Little More of This World's Goods: Family, Kinship, and Economics

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The life in the new settlement offered different opportunities for planter men, women, and the slaves. Planter men who had been able to withstand the challenges of the Southwest wished to break free from their families, while the women toiled to preserve their blood ties amidst the distance of the land. In this chapter changes in the family structure and its reconstitution are discussed. The challenge for women and the slaves to keep bonds proved to be harder in the Southwest where good roads and railroad lines were lacking, including the forbidding terrain. Also, the great depression experienced in the Southwest during the Panic of 1837 is discussed in this chapter wherein the kinship, reciprocity, and economic independence of the planter family were again recognized by the new settlers as a primary source of success.

Keywords: economic independence; Panic of 1837; great depression; blood ties; kinship

Chapter.  8116 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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