A Family Venture: Men and Women on the Southern Frontier by Joan E. Cashin

By Joan E. Cashin

This ebook is ready the various ways in which women and men skilled migration from the Southern seaboard to the antebellum Southern frontier. dependent upon wide learn in planter family members papers, Cashin reports how the sexes went to the frontier with diverging agendas: males attempted to flee the relatives, whereas ladies attempted to maintain it. at the frontier, males frequently settled faraway from family members, leaving girls lonely and disoriented in a wierd atmosphere. As kinship networks broke down, intercourse roles replaced, and kinfolk among women and men grew to become extra inequitable. Migration additionally replaced race family, simply because many males deserted paternalistic race kinfolk and abused their slaves. although, many girls persevered to perform paternalism, and some even sympathized with slaves as they by no means had ahead of. Drawing on wealthy archival assets, Cashin examines the choice of households emigrate, the consequences of migration on planter relatives existence, and how previous ties have been maintained and new ones shaped.

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A few women maintained social networks over great geographical distances. , but she was a native of the North, not a typical plantation mistress. Men, not women, experienced mobility as easy, linear movement across geographic space. 28 Child-Rearing and Sex Roles In most families mothers and fathers were the primary caretakers of children, but they expected relatives beyond the nuclear core to The Planter Family in the Seaboard 21 share in the responsibility. Many adults from the greater kinship network accepted and even sought these duties, so that a number of individuals helped raise the next generation.

A few women maintained social networks over great geographical distances. , but she was a native of the North, not a typical plantation mistress. Men, not women, experienced mobility as easy, linear movement across geographic space. 28 Child-Rearing and Sex Roles In most families mothers and fathers were the primary caretakers of children, but they expected relatives beyond the nuclear core to The Planter Family in the Seaboard 21 share in the responsibility. Many adults from the greater kinship network accepted and even sought these duties, so that a number of individuals helped raise the next generation.

She also loved the hilly landscape of western North Carolina, especially her childhood home, the Oakland plantation located near Wilkesboro. Before her departure Mrs. Finley visited her mother there and was saddened by the air of desertion about the place. "Once the habitation of so large a family," it was now empty except for her mother and stepfather. "33 Many women did not want to move because they perceived the Southwest as a violent, dangerous, sickly place. Like men, they constructed their images of the frontier from their reading and from conversations with relatives and friends.

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