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By W. King

ISBN-10: 1403962510

ISBN-13: 9781403962515

In African American Childhoods, historian Wilma King provides a range of her essays, either unpublished and released, which jointly supply a much-needed survey of greater than 3 centuries of African American kid's stories. equipped chronologically, the quantity makes use of the Civil conflict to divide the booklet into elements: half one addresses the enslavement of youngsters in Africa and explores how they lived in antebellum the USA; half examines the problems affecting black young ones because the Civil struggle and into the twenty-first century. themes contain the impression of the social and old building of race on their improvement, the results of violence, and the heroic efforts of African American kids whilst subjected to racism at its worst throughout the civil rights circulate.

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Fox completed the transaction in January 1858, and the family moved to Hygiene, his home located in the sugar-growing region of Louisiana. His holdings increased over time as Susan gave birth to three additional children, and the doctor purchased another slave, the teenaged Maria, in 1860. The physical conditions under which the Fox slaves lived were adequate and probably better than those of many of their contemporaries. In 1858, Dr. lO Slaves increased in value as they matured. Children were initially valued as fractional hands such as one-quarter or one-half hands.

The "young master" attempted to tie Jacobs's hands behind his back but failed. It was not unusual for overseers or owners to restrain slaves by fastening their hands and feet or tying them at whipping posts and locking them in stocks. 47 "Young master" Norcom was accustomed to whipping "little" enslaved boys, but "was a perfect coward when a tussle ensued between him and white boys his own size," according to Harriet Jacobs. Rather than stand and fight, Norcom ran away. Comradery would have been more likely between James Norcom and John Jacobs had they grown up together.

Enslaved children in professional households experienced many of the same abuses suffered by their contemporaries elsewhere on plantations in the antebellum South. Yet their atypical position frequently put them in very different circumstances than their contemporaries 40 / AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDHOODS living on plantations, thus their lives offer an insightfully differing perspective from the historian of enslaved children. 3 Sources available for studying the lives of slave children vary greatly, from firsthand written accounts to secondhand correspondence, to oral family tradition.

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