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Introduction : agency, diversity, and slave families -- Three slave societies of the non-cotton South -- The nature of agricultural labor -- Family contact during working hours -- Family-based internal economies -- Slaveholding across time and space -- Marriage strategies and family formation -- Forced separation -- Weathering different storms.
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Rather than focusing on slave work and family life on cotton plantations, Damian Pargas compares the practice of slavery among the other major agricultural cultures in the 19th-century South: tobacco, mixed grain, rice, and sugar cane. He reveals how the demands of different types of masters and crops influenced work patterns and habits, which in turn shaped slaves' family life.
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