Families in Crisis in the Old South

Families in Crisis in the Old South

Divorce, Slavery, and the Law

eBook - 2012
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In the antebellum South, divorce was an explosive issue. As one lawmaker put it, divorce was to be viewed as a form of "madness," and as another asserted, divorce reduced communities to the "lowest ebb of degeneracy." How was it that in this climate, the number of divorces rose steadily during the antebellum era? In Families in Crisis, Loren Schweninger uses previously unexplored records to argue that the difficulties these divorcing families faced reveal much about the reality of life in a slave-holding society as well as the myriad difficulties confronted by white southern families who chose.
Publisher: Chapel Hill :, The University of North Carolina Press,, [2012]
Copyright Date: Ă2012
ISBN: 9781469601625
1469601621
9780807837504
0807837504
9780807835692
0807835692
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 236 pages)

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