9781469619118-1469619113-Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law

Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law

ISBN-13: 9781469619118
ISBN-10: 1469619113
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Schweninger, Loren
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback 256 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781469619118
ISBN-10: 1469619113
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Schweninger, Loren
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback 256 pages

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Acknowledged authors Schweninger, Loren wrote Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law comprising 256 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1469619113 and 9781469619118. Since then Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In the antebellum South, divorce was an explosive issue. As one lawmaker put it, divorce was to be viewed as a form of "madness," and as another asserted, divorce reduced communities to the "lowest ebb of degeneracy." How was it that in this climate, the number of divorces rose steadily during the antebellum era? In Families in Crisis in the Old South, Loren Schweninger uses previously unexplored records to argue that the difficulties these divorcing families faced reveal much about the reality of life in a slave-holding society as well as the myriad difficulties confronted by white southern families who chose not to divorce.
Basing his argument on almost 800 divorce cases from the southern United States, Schweninger explores the impact of divorce and separation on white families and on the enslaved and provides insights on issues including domestic violence, interracial adultery, alcoholism, insanity, and property relations. He examines how divorce and separation laws changed, how married women's property rights expanded, how definitions of inhuman treatment of wives evolved, and how these divorces challenged conventional mores.

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