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Born in Bondage: Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South

by Schwartz, Marie Jenkins
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Retail Price: $35.00 hardcover
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0674001621

Examining slavery practices in three regions--Virginia's Piedmont, central Alabama, and the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry--the author lays to rest "the commonly held vision of the paternalistic slaveholder who determines the life and welfare of his passive chattel." To the contrary, slaves sought to influence their own education, labor, and romances.

review of Born in Bondage: Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South, by Schwartz, Marie Jenkins, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).