10-24 trads - 10/24: The Slaves' World 1. Slave Cultures...

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10/24: The Slaves’ World 1. Slave Cultures -Slaveholders theoretically held absolute power -Slavery defined the relationship between master and slave -BUT: Slaves defined their relationships with each other. -Slave culture: -Blended African and American customs -Slave communities insulated slaves from worst effects on the institution -Captivity -Forced labor -Possibility of being sold a. Slave Families -Basis of community -Keeping families together took enormous effort. -Most slaves lived and raised children in long-term, exclusive relationships -But there were more female-headed households than in white society. -A result of the sale of slaves—especially men—away from their families b. Large Kin Networks -Protection vs. family dissolution: ties of -Blood -Marriage -God- Patronage -Provided for children if they were sold -Exogamous marriage= marrying outside one’s immediate family: -Did not marry 1 st or 2 nd cousins. -Elite Southern whites often preferred 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course TRAD 102 taught by Professor Weiner during the Fall '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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10-24 trads - 10/24: The Slaves' World 1. Slave Cultures...

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