antebellum period

Chains of Love: Slave Couples in Antebellum South Carolina by Emily West

Historians have traditionally neglected relationships between slave men and women during the antebellum period. In Chains of Love, historian Emily West remedies this situation by investigating the social and cultural history of slave relationships in the very heart of the South. Focusing on South Carolina, West deals directly with the most intimate areas of the slave experience including courtship, love and affection between spouses, the abuse of slave women by white men, and the devastating consequences of forced separations.  [book link]

On This Day...

On this day in 1831, a slave named Nat Turner launched one of the largest and most violent slave uprisings in American history. Though the rebellion was largely confined to Southampton County, Virginia, rumors of slave armies rampaging through the countryside of other states, including as far away as Alabama, along with the ferocity of Turner’s force in Virginia, stoked terrible and existential fear among white citizens throughout the South. Turner’s rebellion is one of the outstanding events in American history that had as profound an impact on race relations in this country as the Civil War, the implementation of Jim Crow laws, and passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of the 1960s.

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