A vivid portrait of how slaves transformed plantations into slave neighborhoods is offered in a new interpretation of antebellum slavery that reveals a slave society that comprised an archipelago of many neighborhoods.
The University of North Carolina Press
In this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, 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. Demonstrating that neighborhoods prevailed across the South, Kaye reformulates ideas about slave marriage, resistance, independent production, paternalism, autonomy, and the slave community that have defined decades of scholarship. This 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.
Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South
slave neighborhoods in the old South
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