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The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South

Damian Pargas Pargas


This book offers a unique approach to the examination of slavery. Rather than focusing on slave work and family life on cotton plantations, the book compares the practice of slavery among the other major agricultural cultures in the nineteenth-century South: tobacco, mixed grain, rice, and sugar cane. It reveals how the demands of different types of masters and crops influenced work patterns and habits, which in turn shaped slaves' family life. By presenting a broader view of the complex forces that shaped enslaved people's family lives, not only from outside but also from within, this book ta ... More

Keywords: slavery, slave work, family life, agricultural cultures, nineteenth-century South, tobacco, mixed grain, rice, sugar cane, masters, crops, work patterns, habits, slave agency, debate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035147
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Damian Pargas Pargas, author
Utrecht University in the Netherlands