Looking heavily at either the slaves' and masters' worlds in low, center, and up-country South Carolina, Larry E. Hudson Jr. covers a variety of monetary and social issues with regards to the possibilities given to slaves to provide and alternate their very own foodstuff and different goods―contingent on first finishing the master's assigned paintings for the day. particularly, Hudson exhibits how those possibilities have been exploited through the slaves either to extend their keep watch over over their family members lifestyles and to realize prestige between their fellow slaves.
Filled with info of slaves' social values, kin formation, paintings styles, "internal economies," and household construction, To Have and to Hold relies on a large choice of fundamental and secondary resources, emphasizing anywhere attainable the reminiscences of former slaves. even if their deepest international was once by no means resistant to intervention from the white global, Hudson demonstrates a courting among the rural productiveness of slaves, in kinfolk occasions that diversity from easy to complicated formations, and the buildup of non-public estate and social prestige inside of slave communities.
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