Looking heavily at either the slaves' and masters' worlds in low, center, and up-country South Carolina, Larry E. Hudson Jr. covers quite a lot of financial and social issues relating to the possibilities given to slaves to provide and exchange their very own meals and different goods―contingent on first finishing the master's assigned paintings for the day. particularly, Hudson indicates how those possibilities have been exploited through the slaves either to extend their keep an eye on over their family members existence and to achieve prestige between their fellow slaves.

Filled with info of slaves' social values, relations formation, paintings styles, "internal economies," and family creation, To Have and to Hold is predicated on a large choice of fundamental and secondary resources, emphasizing anywhere attainable the reminiscences of former slaves. even though their deepest global was once by no means proof against intervention from the white global, Hudson demonstrates a dating among the rural productiveness of slaves, in kin occasions that variety from easy to advanced formations, and the buildup of private estate and social prestige inside of slave communities.

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