Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 October 2014

220 Pages


ISBN: 9780199389704

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'Til Death Or Distance Do Us Part

Love and Marriage in African America

Frances Smith Foster

  • Presents a powerful counterargument to conventional beliefs about African American marriage and family life during the antebellum period
  • Demonstrates the vitality and value of writings that are often ignored in academic scholarship
  • Uncovers a trove of little known material produced by African Americas for their own communities from the late 18th century to the Civil War
  • Draws on extensive archival research, weaving together a nuanced portrait of everyday life from little-known journals, newspapers, historical records, folklore, poetry, and other documents by African Americans to illuminate attitudes toward courtship, sex, and marriage