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A family venture [electronic resource] : men and women on the southern frontier /
Joan E. Cashin.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
description
viii, 198 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map
ISBN
0195053443 (Cloth)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
isbn
0195053443 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
catalogue key
7372639
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 144-194) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-04:
A beautifully written statistical study of planter families and slaves who migrated from the southern seaboard states to the new southwest between 1810 and 1860. Cashin's analysis is based on the identifiable roles and needs of each group. She draws specific and general conclusions about how the adventure influenced those who participated. The southern tidewater family was patriarchial, elastic, and included members of a modified, extended nuclear family. Black slaves were treated paternalistically; it was not unusual for planters to think in terms of their "black and white family." In the process of moving, planter men developed a new set of values emphasizing individualism, competition, and risk-taking that included excessive drinking, gambling, dueling, and promiscuous sex with slave women. Planter women despaired the loss of seaboard family relationships that had been so crucial to them and their children. Long distances, loneliness, illness, and the lack of communication worked to weaken the kinfolk network. The new southwest broke up slave families, black kinfolk relations, and the planters' sense of "black and white" familial relations. Photos, tables, notes. For college, university, and public libraries.-J. D. Born Jr., Wichita State University
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"A beautifully written statistical study of planter families and slaveswho migrated from the southern seaboard states to the new southwest between 1810and 1860."--Choice
"A beautifully written statistical study of planter families and slaves who migrated from the southern seaboard states to the new southwest between 1810 and 1860."--Choice
"A Family Venture explores a great unwritten chapter of the American past. Sensitive to questions of gender, race, and class, yet free of jargon, Cashin's work provides a scholarly and accessible portrait of the southern frontier. Her splendid research and vivid prose provide a compellingvolume. This terrific book deserves a wide audience and will surely spark a stampede of future studies on this exciting new historical frontier."--Catherine Clinton, Harvard University
"A Family Venture is a notable contribution to the history of women,families, and the frontier in the antebellum South and provides a model forfuture studies of family life in other frontier regions."--MississippiQuarterly
"A Family Venture is a notable contribution to the history of women, families, and the frontier in the antebellum South and provides a model for future studies of family life in other frontier regions."--Mississippi Quarterly
"A fresh foray into new territory."--Arkansas Historical Quarterly
"Cashin makes a provocative argument about social relationships andmigration in the antebellum South....A Family Venture is a stimulating work on aneglected and important topic."--Journal of Social History
"Cashin makes a provocative argument about social relationships and migration in the antebellum South....A Family Venture is a stimulating work on a neglected and important topic."--Journal of Social History
"Cashin's tale [has] a real contribution to make to the emerging historyof gender as a defining element in social relations. Cashin goes where fewothers have trod by taking a hard look at the southern family in the context ofthe frontier as a migration process."--The Virginia Magazine of History andBiography
"Cashin's tale [has] a real contribution to make to the emerging history of gender as a defining element in social relations. Cashin goes where few others have trod by taking a hard look at the southern family in the context of the frontier as a migration process."--The Virginia Magazine ofHistory and Biography
"Highly readable...This lively, human exploration of race, class, andgender...provides a new look at the impact of individualism in unsuspectedplaces."--American Historical Review
"Highly readable...This lively, human exploration of race, class, and gender...provides a new look at the impact of individualism in unsuspected places."--American Historical Review
"Highly readable...This lively, human exploration of race, class, and gender...provides a new look at the impact of individualism in unsuspected places."-- American Historical Review "Using diaries, family letters, travel accounts, and census samples, [Cashin] weaves historical analysis, effective illustration, and delightful anecdotes together and rewards readers with an impressive contribution to the literature of Southern history."-- The Historian "Packs quite a wallop. In relatively few pages she comments intelligently, provocatively, and originally on many of the most disputed subjects in southern history....Writing with clarity and grace, Cashin brings fresh interpretations to complex problems."-- William and Mary Quarterly "A beautifully written statistical study of planter families and slaves who migrated from the southern seaboard states to the new southwest between 1810 and 1860."-- Choice " A Family Venture explores a great unwritten chapter of the American past. Sensitive to questions of gender, race, and class, yet free of jargon, Cashin's work provides a scholarly and accessible portrait of the southern frontier. Her splendid research and vivid prose provide a compelling volume. This terrific book deserves a wide audience and will surely spark a stampede of future studies on this exciting new historical frontier."--Catherine Clinton, Harvard University
"Highly readable...This lively, human exploration of race, class, and gender...provides a new look at the impact of individualism in unsuspected places."--American Historical Review "Using diaries, family letters, travel accounts, and census samples, [Cashin] weaves historical analysis, effective illustration, and delightful anecdotes together and rewards readers with an impressive contribution to the literature of Southern history."--The Historian "Packs quite a wallop. In relatively few pages she comments intelligently, provocatively, and originally on many of the most disputed subjects in southern history....Writing with clarity and grace, Cashin brings fresh interpretations to complex problems."--William and Mary Quarterly "A beautifully written statistical study of planter families and slaves who migrated from the southern seaboard states to the new southwest between 1810 and 1860."--Choice "A Family Ventureexplores a great unwritten chapter of the American past. Sensitive to questions of gender, race, and class, yet free of jargon, Cashin's work provides a scholarly and accessible portrait of the southern frontier. Her splendid research and vivid prose provide a compelling volume. This terrific book deserves a wide audience and will surely spark a stampede of future studies on this exciting new historical frontier."--Catherine Clinton,Harvard University
"Packs quite a wallop. In relatively few pages she commentsintelligently, provocatively, and originally on many of the most disputedsubjects in southern history....Writing with clarity and grace, Cashin bringsfresh interpretations to complex problems."--William and Mary Quarterly
"Packs quite a wallop. In relatively few pages she comments intelligently, provocatively, and originally on many of the most disputed subjects in southern history....Writing with clarity and grace, Cashin brings fresh interpretations to complex problems."--William and Mary Quarterly
"Using diaries, family letters, travel accounts, and census samples,[Cashin] weaves historical analysis, effective illustration, and delightfulanecdotes together and rewards readers with an impressive contribution to theliterature of Southern history."--The Historian
"Using diaries, family letters, travel accounts, and census samples, [Cashin] weaves historical analysis, effective illustration, and delightful anecdotes together and rewards readers with an impressive contribution to the literature of Southern history."--The Historian
"What is new here is a thorough and equally balanced gender study wherethe behavior and thoughts of men are compared directly with those of women.Cashin makes good use of the new "men studies" literature presenting gender as adichotomous category with equal weight to both the male and female perspective.This study adds to the increasing body of literature that does this comparativekind of analysis. Cashin's description of the generational conflict between menis superb....A Family Venture is a must for those interested in the growingliterature on comparative gender studies."--Journal of the Early Republic
"What is new here is a thorough and equally balanced gender study where the behavior and thoughts of men are compared directly with those of women. Cashin makes good use of the new "men studies" literature presenting gender as a dichotomous category with equal weight to both the male andfemale perspective. This study adds to the increasing body of literature that does this comparative kind of analysis. Cashin's description of the generational conflict between men is superb....A Family Venture is a must for those interested in the growing literature on comparative genderstudies."--Journal of the Early Republic
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Summaries
Long Description
This book deals with the westward migration of the planter families of the seaboard South in the years before the Civil War. Cashin examines the decision of families to migrate, the effects migration had on the family life of the planters, and the way old ties were maintained and new ones formed. The emphasis is on child-rearing and women's lives in the Old Southwest (Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana), and Cashin has drawn on rich archival sources to present moving portraits ofindividual women caught in the flux of change.
Long Description
This book is about the different ways that men and women experienced migration from the Southern seaboard to the antebellum Southern frontier. Based upon extensive research in planter family papers, Cashin studies how the sexes went to the frontier with diverging agendas: men tried to escape the family, while women tried to preserve it. On the frontier, men usually settled far from relatives, leaving women lonely and disoriented in a strange environment. As kinship networks broke down, sex roles changed, and relations between men and women became more inequitable. Migration also changed race relations, because many men abandoned paternalistic race relations and abused their slaves. However, many women continued to practice paternalism, and a few even sympathized with slaves as they never had before. Drawing on rich archival sources, Cashin examines the decision of families to migrate, the effects of migration on planter family life, and the way old ties were maintained and new ones formed.
Main Description
This book is about the different ways that men and women experienced migration from the Southern seaboard to the antebellum Southern frontier. Based upon extensive research in planter family papers, Cashin studies how the sexes went to the frontier with diverging agendas: men tried to escapethe family, while women tried to preserve it. On the frontier, men usually settled far from relatives, leaving women lonely and disoriented in a strange environment. As kinship networks broke down, sex roles changed, and relations between men and women became more inequitable. Migration also changedrace relations, because many men abandoned paternalistic race relations and abused their slaves. However, many women continued to practice paternalism, and a few even sympathized with slaves as they never had before. Drawing on rich archival sources, Cashin examines the decision of families tomigrate, the effects of migration on planter family life, and the way old ties were maintained and new ones formed.
Unpaid Annotation
'A Family Venture explores a great unwritten chapter of the American past. Sensitive to questions of gender, race, and class, yet free of jargon Cashin's work provides a scholarly and accessible portrait of the southern frontier. Her splendid research and vivid prose provide a compelling volume. This terrific book deserves a wide audience and will surely spark a stampede of future studies on this exciting new historical frontier.'
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
The Ties of Nature: The Planter Family in the Seaboardp. 9
In Search of Manly Independence: The Migration Decisionp. 32
A New World: Journey and Settlementp. 53
A Little More of This World's Goods: Family, Kinship, and Economicsp. 78
To Live Like Fighting Cocks: Independence, Sex Roles, and Slaveryp. 99
Conclusionp. 119
A Note on the Tablesp. 122
Tablesp. 126
Notesp. 144
Indexp. 195
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