To Live Like Fighting Cocks: Independence, Sex Roles, and Slavery

Joan E Cashin

in A Family Venture

Published in print January 1992 | ISBN: 9780195053449
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853861 | DOI:
To Live Like Fighting Cocks: Independence, Sex Roles, and Slavery

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Upon the migration of the members of the planter family towards the Southwest, a dynamic change in their culture, social values, and character emerged as a form of adaptation in the new found home. This chapter discusses the new set of behaviors that has transpired within men, women, and slaves that resulted in the disintegration of kinship networks and sex roles in unseen ways. It examines the drastic evolution of sex roles with planter men embracing self-absorbed forms of independence, while women tended to become more dependent on men, reaching both extremes of their former behavior back in the seaboard. The chapter also discusses the mistreatment of slaves as brought on by paternalism and autonomy by planter men.

Keywords: sex roles; independence; paternalism; autonomy; slavery

Chapter.  7812 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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