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By Larry E. Hudson Jr.

ISBN-10: 0585270201

ISBN-13: 9780585270203

ISBN-10: 1878822381

ISBN-13: 9781878822383

The chance for slaves to provide items, for his or her personal use or on the market, facilitated the advance of a family economic climate mostly autonomous in their masters and the broader white group. Drawing from a number of basic resources, those essays express how slaves organised their family economic system and created an fiscal and social house for themselves below slavery which profoundly affected family members and gender kinfolk. of their efforts to guard the integrity in their households they grew to become fundamental actors of their instruction for freedom. chosen and revised for ebook, this choice of essays stems from the college of Rochester convention, "African-American paintings and tradition within the 18th and nineteenth Centuries." individuals comprise: Josephine A. Beoku Betts, Kenneth L. Brown, John Campbell, Cheryll Ann Cody, Mary Beth Corrigan, Stanley, L. Engerman, Sharon Ann Holt, Larry E. Hudson Jr, Robert Olwell, Lorena S. Walsh

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46 Others, once they had regained strength and found an opportunity, took off into the woods. "47 Eventually, however, Carter ran out of patience with Africans who refused to adapt to their new situation. Then he turned to brutal measures. 48 Part of Carter's strategy for forcing new Africans to become productive workers was to encourage them to form families as soon as possible. Married slaves were less likely to try to run away than were unattached individuals. Always attuned to the bottom line, Carter generally bought nearly twice as Page 16 many men hands as women; but he did encourage as many as could find mates to marry at once.

The potential for developing more fully informed and more concrete interpretations of slave plantation life from documentary sources is truly exciting. So too are the implications for archaeology at many Chesapeake slave sites. Armed with more precise information about the people who lived on particular places at particular times, we can perhaps learn more from the material record as well. At Carter's Grove, two distinct groups of African Americans were united into one "work force" at the home plantation and its associated quarters in 1738, when, for the first time, there was a white planter family in residence.

Carter disapproved of his daughter's remarriage to a Williamsburg doctor of questionable background, and made Page 14 sure the new husband had nothing to do with the estate. Carter hired a white overseer to run the farm, and relied on the Burwell estate's general manager to handle day-to-day concerns. He also made frequent visits, as he had to travel within a few miles of the plantation whenever meetings of the colony Council or General Court called him to Williamsburg. Since the Merchant's Hundred slaves shared experiences similar to those of several hundred others who manned Carter quarters scattered throughout Virginia, for later 1720s and early 1730s, I will draw a composite description using evidence from all the Carter quarters.

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