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'Til death or distance do us part : love and marriage in African America

Author: Frances Smith Foster
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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Conventional wisdom tells us that marriage was illegal for African Americans during the antebellum era, and that if people married at all, their vows were tenuous ones: "until death or distance do us part." It is an impression that imbues beliefs about black families to this day. But it's a perception primarily based on documents produced by abolitionists, the state, or other partisans. It doesn't tell the whole  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Smith Foster
ISBN: 9780195328523 0195328523 9780199389704 0199389705
OCLC Number: 216938541
Description: xviii, 198 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Adam and Eve, Antoney and Isabella --
Terms of endearment --
Practical thoughts, divine mandates, and the Afro-Protestant Press --
Rights and rituals --
Myths, memory, and self-realization --
Getting stories straight, keeping them real --
Alchemy of personal politics --
Me, Mende, and Sankofa : an epilogue.
Other Titles: Until death or distance do us part
Responsibility: Frances Smith Foster.
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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  Read more...

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