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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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Weathering Different Storms

Weathering Different Storms

(p.203) 8 Weathering Different Storms
The Quarters and the Fields

Damian Alan Pargas

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the conclusion to this study of the impact of local agriculture on the slave families living in various localities of the non-cotton South. It states that typical slave families may have existed for northern Virginia, low-country South Carolina, and southern Louisiana, but a typical American slave family surely did not exist. The boundaries and opportunities with which families in different slave societies were confronted varied far too widely. In the aftermath of slavery, African-American families were confronted with new kinds of boundaries and opportunities, and their experiences during slavery no doubt influenced the way they seized new chances and dealt with new challenges. Families in different regions, however, drew from different family histories to forge new beginnings.

Keywords:   slave families, slave society, slavery, African-American families, non-cotton South, northern Virginia, family bondage, family economy, long-term stability

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