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A family venture : men and women on the southern frontier / Joan E. Cashin.

By: Cashin, Joan E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991Description: viii, 198 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0195053443 (acid-free paper); 9780195053449 (acid-free paper).Subject(s): Plantation life -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Plantation owners -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Frontier and pioneer life -- Southern States | Migration, Internal -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- History -- 1775-1865 | United States History, 1775-1865DDC classification: 975/.03
Contents:
The ties of nature: The planter family in the seaboard -- In search of manly independence: The migration decision -- A new world: Journey and settlement -- A little more of this world's goods: Family, kinship, and economics -- To live like fighting cocks: Independence, sex roles, and slavery.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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F213 .C34 1991 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001736560

Includes bibliographical references (p. 144-194) and index.

The ties of nature: The planter family in the seaboard -- In search of manly independence: The migration decision -- A new world: Journey and settlement -- A little more of this world's goods: Family, kinship, and economics -- To live like fighting cocks: Independence, sex roles, and slavery.

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A beautifully written statistical study of planter families and slaves who migrated from the southern seaboard states to the new southwest between 1810 and 1860. Cashin's analysis is based on the identifiable roles and needs of each group. She draws specific and general conclusions about how the adventure influenced those who participated. The southern tidewater family was patriarchial, elastic, and included members of a modified, extended nuclear family. Black slaves were treated paternalistically; it was not unusual for planters to think in terms of their "black and white family." In the process of moving, planter men developed a new set of values emphasizing individualism, competition, and risk-taking that included excessive drinking, gambling, dueling, and promiscuous sex with slave women. Planter women despaired the loss of seaboard family relationships that had been so crucial to them and their children. Long distances, loneliness, illness, and the lack of communication worked to weaken the kinfolk network. The new southwest broke up slave families, black kinfolk relations, and the planters' sense of "black and white" familial relations. Photos, tables, notes. For college, university, and public libraries.-J. D. Born Jr., Wichita State University

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Joan E. Cashin is at Rutgers University at Camden.

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