Weathering Different Storms

Damian Alan Pargas

in The Quarters and the Fields

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035147
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038773 | DOI:
Weathering Different Storms

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This chapter presents the conclusion to this study of the impact of local agriculture on the slave families living in various localities of the non-cotton South. It states that typical slave families may have existed for northern Virginia, low-country South Carolina, and southern Louisiana, but a typical American slave family surely did not exist. The boundaries and opportunities with which families in different slave societies were confronted varied far too widely. In the aftermath of slavery, African-American families were confronted with new kinds of boundaries and opportunities, and their experiences during slavery no doubt influenced the way they seized new chances and dealt with new challenges. Families in different regions, however, drew from different family histories to forge new beginnings.

Keywords: slave families; slave society; slavery; African-American families; non-cotton South; northern Virginia; family bondage; family economy; long-term stability

Chapter.  1372 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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