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By Joan E. Cashin

This e-book is set the various ways in which women and men skilled migration from the Southern seaboard to the antebellum Southern frontier. dependent upon huge study in planter family members papers, Cashin stories 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 kin, simply because many males deserted paternalistic race family members and abused their slaves. even though, many ladies persevered to perform paternalism, and some even sympathized with slaves as they by no means had earlier than. Drawing on wealthy archival assets, Cashin examines the choice of households emigrate, the consequences of migration on planter relatives existence, and how previous ties have been maintained and new ones shaped.

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Women's social networks more often coincided with their kinship networks, and as a result their social networks were smaller and more stable. They maintained friendships with their classmates from school, their neighbors, and women they met at church, but the "central places" of their lives were the residences of kinfolk. Elizabeth Barbour Ambler, John's mild, quiet wife, spent most of her time with about two dozen kinfolk who lived near her home in Amherst County and her parents' residence in Orange County.

John J. , knew by the mid-1830s that several of his sons were considering moving from Virginia to the Southwest, in part because they were unhappy with the bequests he planned to leave them in his will; he was in his early seventies, and he needed someone to help him run his various enterprises. He decided to make a generous proposition to his youngest son, William, just as he was preparing to leave for Alabama in 1835. Ambler offered his son twenty slaves, the profits of a mill he owned, and one hundred dollars in cash if William would remain and attend to the family's business.

Although James Henry Hammond had himself considered migrating as a young man, he was exasperated by his sons' aspirations as they reached adulthood in the 1850s. "23 Many fathers exercised their authority and by sheer force of will made their sons stay at home. " In some families a father's authority lasted throughout his life, inhibiting migration long after sons became adults. One man admitted that he could not migrate during his father's lifetime but hoped to move to the Southwest after his father's death—if he survived him.

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