Slave Counterpoint Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

ISBN-10: 0807847178

ISBN-13: 9780807847176

Edition: 1998

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On the eve of the American Revolution, nearly three-quarters of all African Americans in mainland British America lived in two regions: the Chesapeake, centered in Virginia, and the Lowcountry, with its hub in South Carolina. Here, Philip Morgan compares and contrasts African American life in these two regional black cultures, exploring the differences as well as the similarities. The result is a detailed and comprehensive view of slave life in the colonial American South. Morgan explores the role of land and labor in shaping culture, the everyday contacts of masters and slaves that defined the possibilities and limitations of cultural exchange, and finally the interior lives of blackstheir social relations, their family and kin ties, and the major symbolic dimensions of life: language, play, and religion. He provides a balanced appreciation for the oppressiveness of bondageandfor the ability of slaves to shape their lives, showing that, whatever the constraints, slaves contributed to the making of their history. Victims of a brutal, dehumanizing system, slaves nevertheless strove to create order in their lives, to preserve their humanity, to achieve dignity, and to sustain dreams of a better future.
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Book details

List price: $47.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/27/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

ContentsList of Illustrations and Tables
Abbreviations
Introduction
Prelude
Two Infant Slave Societies
Contours of the Plantation Experience
Two Plantation Worlds Two Landscapes Two Plantation Systems Two Populations
Material Life Housing Dress Diet
Fieldwork Seasons of Labor Organization of Labor Patterns of Labor
Skilled Work Occupational Structures The Life Cycle of Skilled Workers Drivers and Foremen Artisans Watermen Household Slaves
Encounters between Whites and Blacks
The Black World
African American Societies Africans Creoles and Africans Creoles Blacks and Indians Slaves and Free Blacks
Family Life Structures Stability Moving and Staying The Significance of Kin
African American Cultures Words Play Soul Coda. Two Mature Slave Societies Acknowledgments IndexIllustrations and Tables Plates
Industry and Idleness
Artifacts
Residence and Slave Quarters of Mulberry Plantation
Extraordinary Appearances in the Heavens, and on Earth
Ferry Tract Plantation
SW View of the Settlement of Hartford
Fairlawn Plantation
Frogmore Plantation
Plantation of John Middleton
Mortar nd Pestle
Plantation of John Bull
Indigo Culture
Perry Hall Slave Quarters with Field Hands at Work
Residence of George Heinrick Repold, Lexington Street near Fremont Avenue
Colono Ware Jug
Blacks Working on the James River
Portrait of a Man / Virginia Luxuries
Alic, a Fairthful and Humerous Old Servant
An Overseer Doing His Duty
The Old Plantation
Drum and Cane
Preparations for the Enjoyment of a Fine Sunday among the Blacks, Norfolk
A South View of Julianton Plantation, the Property of Francis Levett, Esqr.Maps
The Coastal Origins of African Slaves
The Distribution of Black Slaves in South Carolina, 1720-1790
The Distribution of Black Slaves in Virginia, 1750-1790Figures
Adult Sex Ratios among Slaves in the Chesapeake and South Carolina, 1705-1775
Female-Child Ratios among Slaves in the Chesapeake and South Carolina, 1705-1775
Population Pyramids of Slaves in the Chesapeake, 1709-1791
Population Pyramids of Slaves in the Lowcountry, 1758-1780
The Months When Slaves Ran Away, 1732-1781
Labor to Cultivate and Process Rice, circa 1800
Age Profile of Africans and Creoles among Adult Male Slaves on Elias Ball's Comingtee Plantation, 1778
Age Profile of Africans and Creoles among Slaves Belonging to Colonel Stapleton on Saint Helena Island, 1810
Age Profile of Runaways in the Chesapeake and Lowcountry, 1732-1787 Tables
Plantation Size in South Carolina, 1720-1779
Plantation Size in Virginia, 1720-1779
Landholding in South Carolina Parishes, 1745-1785
Landholding in Virginia Counties, 1768-1778
Primary Production of Virginia and South Carolina Plantations, 1730-1776
Primary Equipment on Virginia and South Carolina Plantations, 1730-1776
Livestock on Virginia and South Carolina Plantations, 1730-1776
Secondary and Tertiary Equipment on Virginia and South Carolina Plantations, 1730-1776
African Immigration to Virginia and South Carolina, 1700-1790
Africans in the Virginia and South Carolina Slave Populations, 1700-1800
Coastal Origins of Virginia and South Carolina Africans, 1710s-1
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