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Bound in wedlock : slave and free black marriage in the nineteenth century

Tera W. Hunter
Hunter, Tera W. (Main Author)
Books/Monographs/Book with Digital Images
English
Cambridge, England : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ©2017
404 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, graphs, portraits ; 24 cm
9780674237452

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Americans have long viewed marriage between a white man and a white woman as a sacred union. But marriages between African Americans have seldom been treated with the same reverence. This discriminatory legacy traces back to centuries of slavery, when the overwhelming majority of black married couples were bound in servitude as well as wedlock, but it does not end there. Bound in Wedlock is the first comprehensive history of African American marriage in the nineteenth century. Drawing form plantation records, legal documents, and personal family papers, it reveals the many creative ways enslaved couples found to upend white Christian ideas of marriage.--Publisher's description.

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