Brenda E. Stevenson

in Life in Black and White

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195118032
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853793 | DOI:

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This Introduction provides a brief background of the life, bonds, and challenges that faced the black slave community in Loudoun. Proponents of slavery claimed that conditions for the creation of a stable, nuclear family for slaves was made possible by the institutions of Loudoun, and that support, in terms of living costs and moral training, was made available to these people by their owners' generosity. Revisionists have argued against this view, citing instances where even the size of the slaveholdings could not provide the stability necessary for the formation of traditional families. Instead, flexible extended slave families were formed to provide nurture, education, and socialization for its members, to cope with the ever-present threat of displacement by their owners. In the next section, the lives of emancipated black people in the community are discussed and contrasted with their slave kinsmen, along with the emergence of opposition to the proslavery ideology.

Keywords: Loudoun; slave community; black; white; emancipated; free; proslavery; revisionist

Chapter.  2713 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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