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The Quarters and the FieldsSlave Families in the Non-Cotton South$
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Damian Pargas Pargas

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035147

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035147.001.0001

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Family Contact during Working Hours

Family Contact during Working Hours

(p.63) 3 Family Contact during Working Hours
The Quarters and the Fields

Damian Alan Pargas

University Press of Florida

This chapter addresses the experiences of slave families during working hours. How did work and the nature of regional agriculture affect slave family contact during their time for the master? What kinds of boundaries and opportunities did work patterns and the specific demands for cultivating various cash crops create for parenthood and child care during working hours? Under what circumstances were enslaved people afforded the opportunity to work together with their family members during the day? And how did slave families react to these boundaries and opportunities? The answers to these questions are further explored here for slave families living in northern Virginia, low-country South Carolina, and southern Louisiana.

Keywords:   family contact, working hours, slave families, work patterns, cash crops, child care, northern Virginia

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