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The Quarters and the Fields

Damian Pargas Pargas

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035147
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035147.001.0001
The Quarters and the Fields

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This book offers a unique approach to the examination of slavery. Rather than focusing on slave work and family life on cotton plantations, the book compares the practice of slavery among the other major agricultural cultures in the nineteenth-century South: tobacco, mixed grain, rice, and sugar cane. It reveals how the demands of different types of masters and crops influenced work patterns and habits, which in turn shaped slaves' family life. By presenting a broader view of the complex forces that shaped enslaved people's family lives, not only from outside but also from within, this book takes an inclusive approach to the slave agency debate. A comparative study that examines the importance of time and place for slave families, it provides a means for understanding them as they truly were: dynamic social units that were formed and existed under different circumstances across time and space.

Keywords: slavery; slave work; family life; agricultural cultures; nineteenth-century South; tobacco; mixed grain; rice; sugar cane; masters; crops; work patterns; habits; slave agency; debate

Book.  274 pages. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Family-Based Internal Economies in The Quarters and the Fields

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Forced Separation in The Quarters and the Fields

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Weathering Different Storms in The Quarters and the Fields

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