New PDF release: A Family Venture: Men and Women on the Southern Frontier

By Joan E. Cashin

This ebook is set different ways in which women and men skilled migration from the Southern seaboard to the antebellum Southern frontier. established upon vast learn in planter kinfolk papers, Cashin reviews how the sexes went to the frontier with diverging agendas: males attempted to flee the relations, whereas ladies attempted to maintain it. at the frontier, males often settled faraway from kinfolk, leaving girls lonely and disoriented in an odd setting. As kinship networks broke down, intercourse roles replaced, and family members among women and men turned extra inequitable. Migration additionally replaced race family members, simply because many males deserted paternalistic race family members and abused their slaves. even if, many girls persevered to perform paternalism, and some even sympathized with slaves as they by no means had ahead of. Drawing on wealthy archival resources, Cashin examines the choice of households emigrate, the consequences of migration on planter kin existence, and how outdated ties have been maintained and new ones shaped.

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Journeys over great distances were unsafe and could not be undertaken without the company of a man, and many women feared such journeys. For example, widow Patience Laye of South Carolina decided to visit her daughter and son-in-law in Florida only "if you was to come . . "30 Ideally, many women wished that their relatives would remain close enough for daily contact. " Migration beyond the boundaries of a state was troubling, but the distance from the seaboard to the Southwest seemed unsurpassable.

They thought that migration was a creative act, not the destructive act that their parents feared it would be. 17 The Fathers The fathers of prospective migrants were a prosperous, successful, and immobile generation. Most of them were born in the mid- to late-eighteenth century to affluent families who had been in the South for at least a generation, and they came of age, married, and settled down to live as planters in their native states. Despite the economic impact of the War of 1812 and the Panic of 1819, they were an affluent group in the 1820s and 1830s, and many had embarked on second careers in law or politics.

Huger, husband of Anna Cheves Huger, from going to the Southwest, but he could not stop his son Alexander from leaving. " He did have the power: he insisted that Huger was just mismanaging the place and forced him to remain on it. But somehow Cheves could not prevent Alexander, his second son, from leaving for Alabama in 1841. The relationship between father and son had long been a troubled one; Cheves said that he had "suffered" from his son's "unfilial conduct" since Alexander was a boy. He gave Alexander at least twenty-one thousand dollars from his inheritance, but this was not enough to enforce his sons' obedience.

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