The Myth Of The Absent Family Essay

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The Myth of The Absent Family;

Southern blacks and Northern blacks experienced many hardships. Lots of slave families became demoralized and broken from slavery, but those with marital and family stability, set goals to be free. Many slaveholders understood the strength of marital and family ties. They took this as an advantage to control the slaves. The masters listed their workers by households and usually didn’t sell family members so the slaves wouldn’t show resentment towards their master. Georgia and Texas would not let slave wives go to court against their husbands because their marriage wasn 't legally existent. Some slaveholders went far to keep families together, in fact, some took monetary loss to keep the slaves together. The majority of slaveholders chose business over families of slaves and broke families up, when under financial pressure. If slaveholders couldn 't keep families together, they 'd sell the children within visiting distance of their parents. Slaveholders bought slaves as families because of the support they gave each other. Masters, whether it be for financial stability, or out of morals, made it a goal to keep slave families together. In the late antebellum period, some states attempted to outlaw the selling of children from their mother, though only Louisiana successfully did so. Slaveholders refused to admit the obvious truth that the separation of families had consequences. Rarely, a slave would prefer to stay with their master instead of…

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