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A Family VentureMen and Women on the Southern Frontier$
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Joan E. Cashin

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195053449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195053449.001.0001

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A Family Venture

Joan E. Cashin

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Migration is defined by the transition of people from one specific geographical area to another. Within the process of this transfer from border to border, a lot of changes is to be undergone in all aspects of life, challenging ones capability to adapt in order to survive. This book is about the profoundly different ways that planter men and women experienced migration from the Southern seaboard to the frontiers of the Old Southwest in the years between 1810 and 1860, where the heightened sexual inequality and altered sex roles experienced within the family upon migration were revealed. It is as concerned with change over geographic space as it is with change over time, discussing a rich historiography regarding the planter family, women's history, the modernization of Southern society, and the American frontier from the personal testimonies of planter men, women, and their slaves.

Keywords:   migration, adaptation, sexual inequality, Old Southwest, planter family

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