Family Values in the Old South

Family Values in the Old South

University Press of Florida
264 pages
6 x 9
ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3418-8
ISBN 10: 0-8130-3418-3

Edited by

Craig Thompson Friend, Associate Professor of History
North Carolina State University

Anya Jabour, Professor of History
University of Montana

This collection of essays on family life in the nineteenth-century American South reevaluates the concept of family by looking at mourning practices, farming practices, tavern life, houses divided by politics, and interracial marriages. Individual essays examine cross-plantation marriages among slaves, white orphanages, childhood mortality, miscegenation and inheritance, domestic activities such as sewing, and same-sex relationships.

Editors Craig Thompson Friend and Anya Jabour have collected work from a range of diverse and innovative historians. The volume uncovers more about Southern family life and values than we have previously known and raises new questions about how Southerners conceptualized family–from demographic structures, power relations, and gender roles to the relationship of family to society. In three sections, these ten essays explore the definition of family in the nineteenth-century South, examine the economics of family life, both rural and urban, and ultimately answer the question “what did family mean in the Old South?”


“A View of a Will: Miscegenation, Inheritance, and Family in Civil War-Era Charleston” by Kevin Noble Maillard.

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