North Carolina Planters and Their Children, 1800-1860

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LSU Press, Jul 1, 1990 - History - 191 pages
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This study of North Carolina planter families in the first half of the nineteenth century challenges many of the commonly held assumptions about the attitudes and actions of the pre-Civil War southern elite. Jane Turner Censer draws on an impressive array of primary and secondary sources to show that southern planters, at least in their relations with their children, were caring, affectionate, and surprisingly egalitarian. Bringing to light a wealth of previously unassimilated information, North Carolina Planters and Their Children points toward a new understanding of social and cultural life among the wealthy during the 1800s.
  

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Contents

ONE An Introduction to the Planter Elite
1
Young Children and Family Life
20
Youth
42
FOUR Courtship and Marriage Among the Planters
65
FIVE ParentAdult Offspring Relations
96
Economic
119
SEVEN The White Family and Its Slaves
135
Afterthoughts
150
Index
187
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Jane Turner Censer is the author of The Reconstruction of White Southern Womanhood, 1865--1895, among other works, and most recently edited Like unto Like, a feminist novel by Sherwood Bonner about the Reconstruction South. She teaches history at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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