- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (November 6, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195118030
- ISBN-13: 978-0195118032
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.6 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South 1st Edition
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YA?Stevenson uses diaries, letters, journals, and other firsthand accounts to describe the lives of a variety of people in Loudon County, VA, including slaveholders, slaves, free blacks, and poor whites, during the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. The material is clearly organized and the writing is easily understood. Section one deals with white citizens and includes family life, gender roles, courtship and marriage, and parenting. The second half of the book focuses on African Americans and analyzes the nature of slavery, black family structure, slave marriage, and the lives of free blacks. Because Stevenson focuses on several prominent families, readers will gain insight into the mind-set of several generations of slaveholders. She creates an interesting portrait of the society of the time. Most gripping, however, are her descriptions of the lives of slaves. Narratives of severe physical punishment and rape are eye opening and stress the atrocities of the system. This moving, realistic book will prove valuable for research.?Mary Proudman, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, Bridgewater, NJ
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"An impressive example of the kind of local and regional history that for the last generation has transformed our understanding of the past."--The New York Review of Books
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