A Family Venture

A Family Venture : Men and Women on the Southern Frontier

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This book deals with the westward migration of the planter families of the seaboard South in the years before the Civil War. Cashin examines the decision of families to migrate, the effects migration had on the family life of the planters, and the way old ties were maintained and new ones formed. The emphasis is on child-rearing and women's lives in the Old Southwest (Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana), and Cashin has drawn on rich archival sources to present moving portraits of individual women caught in the flux of change.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 146.3 x 218.9 x 21.3mm | 418.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 pp halftones
  • 0195053443
  • 9780195053449

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Highly readable...This lively, human exploration of race, class, and gender...provides a new look at the impact of individualism in unsuspected places. * American Historical Review *show more

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'A Family Venture explores a great unwritten chapter of the American past. Sensitive to questions of gender, race, and class, yet free of jargon Cashin's work provides a scholarly and accessible portrait of the southern frontier. Her splendid research and vivid prose provide a compelling volume. This terrific book deserves a wide audience and will surely spark a stampede of future studies on this exciting new historical frontier.'show more

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