To have and to hold slave work and family life in antebellum South Carolina /

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Author / Creator: Hudson, Larry E., 1952-
Format: Electronic eBook
Imprint: Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1997.
Online Access:Available in ProQuest Ebook Central - Academic Complete.

Looking closely at both the slaves' and masters' worlds in low, middle, and up-country South Carolina, Larry E. Hudson Jr. covers a wide range of economic and social topics related to the opportunities given to slaves to produce and trade their own food and other goods-contingent on first completing the master's assigned work for the day. In particular, Hudson shows how these opportunities were exploited by the slaves both to increase their control over their family life and to gain status among their fellow slaves.

Filled with details of slaves' social values, family formation, work patterns, "internal economies," and domestic production, To Have and to Hold is based on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, emphasizing wherever possible the recollections of former slaves. Although their private world was never immune to intervention from the white world, Hudson demonstrates a relationship between the agricultural productivity of slaves, in family situations that range from simple to complex formations, and the accumulation of personal property and social status within slave communities.

Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-233) and index.
ISBN:9780820337272 (online)
9781282726239 (online)
Author Notes:LARRY HUDSON is an associate professor of history at the University of Rochester.