To Have and to Hold: Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South Carolina by Larry HudsonTo Have and to Hold: Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South Carolina by Larry Hudson

To Have and to Hold: Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South Carolina

byLarry Hudson

Paperback | May 15, 2016

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Looking closely at both the slaves' and masters' worlds in low, middle, and up-country South Carolina, Larry E. Hudson Jr. covers a wide range of economic and social topics related to the opportunities given to slaves to produce and trade their own food and other goods—contingent on first completing the master's assigned work for the day. In particular, Hudson shows how these opportunities were exploited by the slaves both to increase their control over their family life and to gain status among their fellow slaves.

Filled with details of slaves' social values, family formation, work patterns, "internal economies," and domestic production, To Have and to Hold is based on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, emphasizing wherever possible the recollections of former slaves. Although their private world was never immune to intervention from the white world, Hudson demonstrates a relationship between the agricultural productivity of slaves, in family situations that range from simple to complex formations, and the accumulation of personal property and social status within slave communities.

Larry E. Hudson Jr. is an associate professor of history at the University of Rochester.
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Title:To Have and to Hold: Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South CarolinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2016Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820350370

ISBN - 13:9780820350370

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An important contribution to slave studies . . . Although this volume is slender, the descriptions of slave life are thick and deep, rendering a more nuanced appreciation of both the hardships confronting slaves and the coping mechanisms of antebellum African Americans anchored on plantations.

- Journal of American History