Family and Sexuality (PowerPoint)

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Unformatted text preview: Marriage and Family Kinship vs. conjugal marriage Process not event Children prized; belong to community Divorce simple & expedient Strong degree sisterhood Form self-sustaining communities Some sort of family unit did exist Marriage- not an option in slave community until late 18th century. [Thistlewood] noted that Driver Johnnie and Little Mimber had ‘made a match’. On the 20th, Thistlewood took Little Mimber on his bed, and perhaps in acknowledgement of her new status, ‘Gave ditto a cobb’” Family valued by slave intrinsically Many meanings of family – shipmate Survival strategy Runaway slave mostly returned Blood ties difficult to establish Slave status passed through woman Plantation lists: no fathers Break up families Pregnancy not a celebration but a misfortune Slave status through the woman Lost control of children 4-5 years- old For slave women – family and children an additional burden...
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