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Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony, 1840-1865

William L. Andrews

Abstract

In this study of an entire generation of slave narrators, more than sixty mid-nineteenth-century narratives reveal how work, family, skills, and connections made for social and economic differences among the enslaved of the South. Slavery and Class in the American South explains why social and economic distinctions developed and how they functioned among the enslaved. Andrews also reveals how class awareness shaped the views and values of some of the most celebrated African Americans of the nineteenth century. Slave narrators discerned class-based reasons for violence between “impudent,” “gent ... More

Keywords: class awareness, status, caste, slave narrative, impudence, work, skill, family, violence, escape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190908386
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908386.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William L. Andrews, author
E. Maynard Adams Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill