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"Family Formations in Slavery"

Professor Greg Downs describes the pressures on family formation under slavery and the strategies that enslaved people employed to form and preserve families. He looks at what happened to families that broke up because of sale, westward migration, and other factors. He also describes the various strategies that slaves employed to keep their families together and to form fictive kin networks in order to maintain strong binds in the face of such challenges. 

Download Downs_FamFormation_Slavery.mp3 (Mp3 Audio) Duration: 8:08

Source | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, 2010.
Creator | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
Producer | Maceo June
Speaker | Greg Downs
Rights | Copyright American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Item Type | Podcast
Cite This document | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, “"Family Formations in Slavery",” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed November 19, 2017, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1749.

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