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Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)by Anthony E. Kaye
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"A deep and nuanced portrait of slavery in the Deep South during a critical period in its making and unmaking. . . . An important contribution to the scholarship of slavery and resistance, and should also be of interest to scholars interested in the production of space."
-- Canadian Journal of History "A finely detailed and richly documented narrative. . . . This volume can be expected to have wide-ranging influence on the future study of the lives of the enslaved and the plantation economy that held them in bondage."
— Journal of the Early Republic "Virtually an anatomy of the roots of neighborhood in southern communities in the U.S. South. . . . Suitable and highly recommended."
-- Multicultural Review "Deeply researched and creatively conceived. . . . Scholars will find much to admire and to question in [Kaye's] winding narrative of the messy contingencies of enslaved life and the porous and shifting boundaries of place."
— Winterthur Portfolio "Based on path-breaking research that accomplishes something unthinkable at this late date: it excavates a too-rarely used, massive set of sources that reports new words from ex-slaves speaking about their experiences before emancipation. . . . A rewarding, even exciting contribution to the scholarship of slavery and African-American history. . . . A detailed, breathing portrait of slavery in the Natchez District, one that sometimes is shocking in its living tints. . . . All who study slavery in North America need to read this important new work."
--Journal of Interdisciplinary History "Eloquently shows the significance of neighborhoods in the ante-bellum South."
— Journal of Southern History It is ambitious, smart, and compelling.
--Walter Johnson, Harvard University, author of Soul by Soul Kaye's book is destined to become a classic.
--Michael P. Johnson, Johns Hopkins University, author of Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War "[Kaye[ consults a heretofore-neglected source of testimony from the newly freed slaves: the US Pensions Bureau files of African American soldiers who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. . . . Recommended."
— CHOICE "A significant addition to the historiography of the Old South."
— Arkansas Historical Quarterly "One of the best books on American slavery to appear in recent years. . . . Scholars have written about these themes for years, but never with Kaye's mixture of empirical depth, stylistic grace, and theoretical sophistication."
— Civil War History
In this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, Anthony Kaye offers a vivid portrait of slaves transforming adjoining plantations into slave neighborhoods. He describes men and women opening paths from their owners' plantations to adjacent farms to go courting and take spouses, to work, to run away, and to otherwise contend with owners and their agents. In the course of cultivating family ties, forging alliances, working, socializing, and storytelling, slaves fashioned their neighborhoods into the locus of slave society.
Joining Places is the first book about slavery to use the pension files of former soldiers in the Union army, a vast source of rich testimony by ex-slaves. From these detailed accounts, Kaye tells the stories of men and women in love, "sweethearting," "taking up," "living together," and marrying across plantation lines; striving to get right with God; carving out neighborhoods as a terrain of struggle; and working to overthrow the slaveholders' regime. Kaye's depiction of slaves' sense of place in the Natchez District of Mississippi reveals a slave society that comprised not a single, monolithic community but an archipelago of many neighborhoods. Demonstrating that such neighborhoods prevailed across the South, he reformulates ideas about slave marriage, resistance, independent production, paternalism, autonomy, and the slave community that have defined decades of scholarship.
In this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, Kaye offers a vivid portrait of slaves transforming adjoining plantations into slave neighborhoods. He describes men and women opening paths from their owners' plantations to adjacent farms to go courting and take spouses, to work, to run away, and to otherwise contend with owners and their agents. Demonstrating that neighborhoods prevailed across the South, Kaye reformulates ideas about slave marriage, resistance, independent production, paternalism, autonomy, and the slave community that have defined decades of scholarship. This is the first book about slavery to use the pension files of former soldiers in the Union army, a vast source of rich testimony by ex-slaves.
About the Author
Anthony E. Kaye is assistant professor of American history at Pennsylvania State University.
Table of Contents
2 Intimate Relations
3 Divisions of Labor
4 Terrains of Struggle
5 Beyond Neighborhood
6 War and Emancipation
Appendix: Population, Land, and Labor
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