The Resource 'Til death or distance do us part : love and marriage in African America, Frances Smith Foster, (electronic resource)

'Til death or distance do us part : love and marriage in African America, Frances Smith Foster, (electronic resource)

Label
'Til death or distance do us part : love and marriage in African America
Title
'Til death or distance do us part
Title remainder
love and marriage in African America
Statement of responsibility
Frances Smith Foster
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Most people believe that marriages were forbidden and families destroyed during the era of slavery in the United States; however, this book demonstrates that antebellum publications by African Americans for African Americans about themselves do not support these conclusions
Cataloging source
MiAaPQ
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Foster, Frances Smith
Dewey number
305.896073
Index
no index present
Language note
English
LC call number
E185.86
LC item number
.F673 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Slaves
  • Marriage customs and rites
  • Marriage
  • United States
Summary expansion
Conventional wisdom says that marriage was rare or illegal for slaves and that if African Americans married at all, their vows were tenuous ones: "until death or distance do us part." It is believed that this history explains the dysfunction of the African American family to this day. In this groundbreaking book, Frances Smith Foster shows that this common wisdom is flawed as it is based upon partial evidence and it ignores the writings African Americans created for themselves. Rather than relying on documents produced for abolitionists, the state, or other biased parties, Foster draws upon a trove of little-examined alternative sources and in so doing offers a correction to this widely held but misinformed viewpoint. The works examined include family histories, folkloric stories, organizational records, personal memoirs, sermons and especially the fascinating and varied writings published in the Afro-Protestant Press of the times. She shows that "jumping the broom" was but one of many wedding rituals and that love, marriage and family were highly valued and central to early African American society. Her book offers a provocative new understanding of a powerful belief about African American history and sheds light on the roles of memory and myth, story and history in defining contemporary society and shaping the future
Label
'Til death or distance do us part : love and marriage in African America, Frances Smith Foster, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 198 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199716517
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2430000000010488
  • (StDuBDS)AH24087025
  • (SSID)ssj0000343720
  • (PQKBManifestationID)12099452
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000343720
  • (PQKBWorkID)10292420
  • (PQKB)11213034
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC3053579
  • (EXLCZ)992430000000010488
Label
'Til death or distance do us part : love and marriage in African America, Frances Smith Foster, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 198 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199716517
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2430000000010488
  • (StDuBDS)AH24087025
  • (SSID)ssj0000343720
  • (PQKBManifestationID)12099452
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000343720
  • (PQKBWorkID)10292420
  • (PQKB)11213034
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC3053579
  • (EXLCZ)992430000000010488

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