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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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The Ties of Nature: The Planter Family in the Seaboard

The Ties of Nature: The Planter Family in the Seaboard

(p.9) 1 The Ties of Nature: The Planter Family in the Seaboard
A Family Venture

Joan E Cashin

Oxford University Press

The life of Samuel Townes of South Carolina, born in 1806 near the village of Greenville is the opening story in this book, vividly describing the life in this part of the west, the kind of culture, traditions, and world-views that were shared and transferred from generation to generations within a planter family in the Old Southwest and the seaboard. A distinct characteristic found in this text is the rich nuclear ties imbibed in a planter family. But with Samuel Townes the desire and transition of leaving his successful family to start anew away from the pressures brought by blood-ties paints the irony to the story. This chapter creatively molds the image of the southwestern life, its rich kinship, and the roles played by the members of the family. It also reveals the existing state of slavery and stiff social classification in the West.

Keywords:   Samuel Townes, Old Southwest, kinship, nuclear ties, social classification

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