Looking closely at both the slaves' and masters' worlds in
low, middle, and up-country South Carolina, Larry E. Hudson Jr.
covers a wide range of economic and social topics related to the
opportunities given to slaves to produce and trade their own food
and other goods--contingent on first completing the master's
assigned work for the day. In particular, Hudson shows how these
opportunities were exploited by the slaves both to increase their
control over their family life and to gain status among their
Filled with details of slaves' social values, family formation,
work patterns, "internal economies," and domestic production,
To Have and to Hold is based on a wide variety of primary
and secondary sources, emphasizing wherever possible the
recollections of former slaves. Although their private world was
never immune to intervention from the white world, Hudson
demonstrates a relationship between the agricultural productivity
of slaves, in family situations that range from simple to complex
formations, and the accumulation of personal property and social
status within slave communities.
Subjects: History, Sociology
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