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Courtship and Love among the Enslaved in North Carolina

Fraser, Rebecca J.

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ISBN 10: 1934110078 / ISBN 13: 9781934110072
Published by University Press of Mississippi, 2007
Used Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Title: Courtship and Love among the Enslaved in ...

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

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Through an examination of various couples who were forced to live in slavery, Rebecca J. Fraser argues that slaves found ways to conduct successful courting relationships. In its focus on the processes of courtship among the enslaved, this study offers further insight into the meanings that structured intimate lives.

Establishing their courtships, often across plantations, the enslaved men and women of antebellum North Carolina worked within and around the slave system to create and maintain meaningful personal relationships that were both of and apart from the world of the plantation. They claimed the right to participate in the social events of courtship and, in the process, challenged and disrupted the southern social order in discreet and covert acts of defiance.

Informed by feminist conceptions of gender, sexuality, power, and resistance, the study argues that the courting relationship afforded the enslaved a significant social space through which they could cultivate alternative identities to those which were imposed upon them in the context of their daily working lives.

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This study of the complexities of intimate relationships among slaves on plantations, in towns, and on small farms

---Gives specific attention to enslaved courtship as an experience in its own right

---Discusses roles of masculinity and femininity among the enslaved, and male and female expectations of each other

---Provides a specific and detailed case study of a single state

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