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Joining places : slave neighborhoods in the old South / Anthony E. Kaye.

By: Kaye, Anthony E.
Material type: TextTextSeries: John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture: Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2007Description: x, 365 p. : maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780807831038 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807831034 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807861790 (pbk.); 0807861790 (pbk.).Subject(s): Slaves -- Mississippi -- Natchez (District) -- Social life and customs | Slaves -- Mississippi -- Natchez (District) -- Social conditions | Community life -- Mississippi -- Natchez (District) -- History | Neighborhoods -- Mississippi -- Natchez (District) -- History | African American neighborhoods -- Mississippi -- Natchez (District) -- History | Natchez (Miss. : District) -- Social life and customs | Natchez (Miss. : District) -- Social conditions | Slaves -- Southern States -- Social life and customs -- Case studies | Slaves -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- Case studies | Community life -- Southern States -- Case studiesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Joining places.; Online version:: Joining places.DDC classification: 307.3/36208996073076226 Other classification: NW 8295
Contents:
Neighborhoods -- Intimate relations -- Divisions of labor -- Terrains of struggle -- Beyond neighborhood -- War and emancipation -- Appendix: Population, land, and labor.
Summary: "In this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, Anthony Kaye offers a vivid portrait of slaves transforming adjoining plantations into slave neighborhoods. He describes men and women opening paths from their owners' plantations to adjacent farms to go courting and take spouses, to work, to run away, and to otherwise contend with owners and their agents. In the course of cultivating family ties, forging alliances, working, socializing, and storytelling, slaves fashioned their neighborhoods into the locus of slave society. Joining Places is the first book about slavery to use the pension files of former soldiers in the Union army, a vast source of rich testimony by ex-slaves. From these detailed accounts, Kaye tells the stories of men and women in love, "sweethearting," "taking up," "living together," and marrying across plantation lines; striving to get right with God; carving out neighborhoods as a terrain of struggle; and working to overthrow the slaveholders' regime. Kaye's depiction of slaves' sense of place in the Natchez District of Mississippi reveals a slave society that comprised not a single, monolithic community but an archipelago of many neighborhoods. Demonstrating that such neighborhoods prevailed across the South, he reformulates ideas about slave marriage, resistance, independent production, paternalism, autonomy, and the slave community that have defined decades of scholarship." -- Publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-342) and index.

Neighborhoods -- Intimate relations -- Divisions of labor -- Terrains of struggle -- Beyond neighborhood -- War and emancipation -- Appendix: Population, land, and labor.

"In this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, Anthony Kaye offers a vivid portrait of slaves transforming adjoining plantations into slave neighborhoods. He describes men and women opening paths from their owners' plantations to adjacent farms to go courting and take spouses, to work, to run away, and to otherwise contend with owners and their agents. In the course of cultivating family ties, forging alliances, working, socializing, and storytelling, slaves fashioned their neighborhoods into the locus of slave society. Joining Places is the first book about slavery to use the pension files of former soldiers in the Union army, a vast source of rich testimony by ex-slaves. From these detailed accounts, Kaye tells the stories of men and women in love, "sweethearting," "taking up," "living together," and marrying across plantation lines; striving to get right with God; carving out neighborhoods as a terrain of struggle; and working to overthrow the slaveholders' regime. Kaye's depiction of slaves' sense of place in the Natchez District of Mississippi reveals a slave society that comprised not a single, monolithic community but an archipelago of many neighborhoods. Demonstrating that such neighborhoods prevailed across the South, he reformulates ideas about slave marriage, resistance, independent production, paternalism, autonomy, and the slave community that have defined decades of scholarship." -- Publisher description.

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Kaye's study of slave neighborhoods focuses on plantations primarily in the Natchez District of Mississippi, which was in the southwestern Mississippi River delta region of that state. The author employs Anthony Giddon's theory of structuration to explain how neighborhoods developed among the slaves in this area. He presents ideas about slave marriages, resistance, independent production, paternalism, autonomy, and the slave community. The book is organized into chapters on neighborhoods, intimate relations, divisions of labor, terrains of struggle, "beyond neighborhood," and war and emancipation. An epilogue outlines the gradual evolution of black neighborhoods during Reconstruction. Kaye (Pennsylvania State Univ.) describes men and women opening paths from their owners' plantations to adjacent farms to go courting, to work, and to run away. He uses the familiar primary sources on slavery such as the Works Progress Administration interviews with ex-slaves, plantation journals, newspapers, county court cases, traveling diaries, and the records of the Southern Claims Commission. He also consults a heretofore-neglected source of testimony from the newly freed slaves: the US Pensions Bureau files of African American soldiers who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty. E. M. Thomas Gordon College

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