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ISBN: 0674001621
Author: Marie Jenkins Schwartz
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press; First Edition edition (June 9, 2000)
Pages: 288
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.5
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Marie Jenkins Schwartz provides a masterful analysis. as she traces slaves' experiences from infancy and childhood through adolescence and into parenthood.

Marie Jenkins Schwartz provides a masterful analysis. John C. Inscoe Journal of the Early Republic). Relying primarily on the narratives with former slaves conducted under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, Schwartz focuses her attention on slaves in Virginia, along the rice coast of South Carolina and Georgia, and in Alabama.

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Born in Bondage" gives us an unsurpassed look at what it meant to grow up as a slave in the antebellum South. Schwartz recreates the experiences of these bound but resilient young people as they learned to negotiate between acts of submission and selfhood, between the worlds of commodity and community. Marie Jenkins Schwartz. Each time a child was born in bondage, the system of slavery began anew. Although raised by their parents or by surrogates in the slave community, children were ultimately subject to the rule of their owners.

Born in Bondage gives us an unsurpassed look at what it meant to grow up as a slave in the antebellum South

Born in Bondage gives us an unsurpassed look at what it meant to grow up as a slave in the antebellum South.

By marie jenkins schwartz. Harvard University Press, 2000 Chapter by chapter, Schwartz describes the stages and notes the events that marked a child's passage from one stage to another. The first stage ended upon being weaned. Harvard University Press, 2000. ALTHOUGH scholars have written much about slaves and slavery over the last thirty years, few have paid close attention to the group comprising at least half of the slave population by the end of the antebellum period: children. For that reason alone, Schwartz's book is a welcome addition. Chapter by chapter, Schwartz describes the stages and notes the events that marked a child's passage from one stage to another. The next stage lasted until the child was able "to obey and to serve" (p. 14).

Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South. Following the life cycle of a child from birth through youth to young adulthood, Marie Jenkins Schwartz explores the daunting world of slave children, a world governed by the dual authority of parent and owner, each with conflicting agendas.

Masters and parents both hoped to impart to the children their own beliefs about slavery, self-esteem, and the southern social system

Marie Jenkins Schwartz. Although raised by their parents or by surrogates in the slave community, children were ultimately subject to the rule of their owners

Marie Jenkins Schwartz. Despite the constant threats of separation and the necessity of submission to the slaveowner, slave families managed to pass.

Born in Bondage : Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South

Born in Bondage : Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South. By (author) Marie Jenkins Schwartz. Masters and parents both hoped to impart to the children their own beliefs about slavery, self-esteem, and the southern social system.

Each time a child was born in bondage, the system of slavery began anew. Although raised by their parents or by surrogates in the slave community, children were ultimately subject to the rule of their owners. Following the life cycle of a child from birth through youth to young adulthood, Marie Jenkins Schwartz explores the daunting world of slave children, a world governed by the dual authority of parent and owner, each with conflicting agendas.

Despite the constant threats of separation and the necessity of submission to the slaveowner, slave families managed to pass on essential lessons about enduring bondage with human dignity. Schwartz counters the commonly held vision of the paternalistic slaveholder who determines the life and welfare of his passive chattel, showing instead how slaves struggled to give their children a sense of self and belonging that denied the owner complete control.

Born in Bondage gives us an unsurpassed look at what it meant to grow up as a slave in the antebellum South. Schwartz recreates the experiences of these bound but resilient young people as they learned to negotiate between acts of submission and selfhood, between the worlds of commodity and community.

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Mavivasa
In this intriguing study, Marie Jenkins Schwartz has given us a better understanding of how the economics of slavery drove family life in the Amtebellum South. It comes as no suprise that economics was the key factor in the perpetuation of slavery prior to the American Civil War, but this study gives the reader a new appreciation for how slaveholders viewed slaves, including children, as nothing more than property.

Schwartz delves into many facets of slave family life, including pregnancy, birth of a child, education of the child, the horror of sale and separation from family members, and love and marriage in the slave community. Her work is well documented and is a fascinating look at this topic. She explains how the slaveholders attempted to exert paternalistic control over the families for personal economic gain. For example, in the section on love and marriage, the author explains in great detail how slaeholders often made a mockery of the ceremony by forcing the omission of the standard "'till death do us part" or "what God hath brought together let no man put asunder". She explains that these concepts were left out by the slaveholders to ensure no feelings of guilt or remorse when the newly married couple was broken apart by sale of one partner or the other.

Her study seems to be largely focused on using the documents from the slave narratives collected during the Great Depression during the WPA, but well supplemented with contemporary accounts, including journals, diaries, and plantation records. When combined with quality secondary sources, the author has painted a nice portrait of slave family life.

The area of slave family life is one that has been largely ignored by scholars in the past, and this book is a valuable contribution to the existing scholarly literature on the topic. I would highly recommend anyone interested in family dynamics and relationships between slaveholder and slaves in the Antebellum South read this book.
Bloodhammer
I'm reading it for research for my next historical novel. It is helpful and has details about childbirth and child raising that the other slave narratives did not.

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