By Joan E. Cashin
This publication is set the various ways in which women and men skilled migration from the Southern seaboard to the antebellum Southern frontier. established upon vast study in planter relations papers, Cashin stories how the sexes went to the frontier with diverging agendas: males attempted to flee the kin, whereas girls attempted to maintain it. at the frontier, males frequently settled faraway from family, leaving girls lonely and disoriented in an odd surroundings. As kinship networks broke down, intercourse roles replaced, and relatives among women and men turned extra inequitable. Migration additionally replaced race kinfolk, simply because many males deserted paternalistic race kinfolk and abused their slaves. even though, many girls persevered to perform paternalism, and some even sympathized with slaves as they by no means had ahead of. Drawing on wealthy archival resources, Cashin examines the choice of households emigrate, the results of migration on planter kin lifestyles, and how outdated ties have been maintained and new ones shaped.
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31 Women commonly compared migration to death, as men almost never did. A North Carolinian walked out into her yard to take a long "final look" at her sister as she left with her husband for Missouri in 1835. " Women compared the two losses so frequently that it is sometimes impossible to tell if "departed" relatives had died or migrated. " To many women, family relationships were little short of life itself. 32 Planter women described the dispersal of their relatives as if it were unprecedented, as if these upheavals followed a long period of tranquility.
18 Many fathers believed that migration to the Southwest was a dubious enterprise. Prices in land and slaves varied a great deal, but a frontier plantation of several hundred fertile acres cost between twenty and thirty thousand dollars in the mid-1830s, and a workforce of twenty slaves cost between eighteen and twenty thousand dollars. Transporting twenty slaves to the new country cost as much as one thousand dollars, and outfitting a plantation with tools and livestock cost five or six thousand dollars.
W. Downing became indignant when relatives refused to help him, declaring that "many should have done it on account of favors shown them" by his father. But most men tried to preserve these systems of assistance, despite the conflicts that arose within them. 24 Women also developed reciprocal, interdependent relationships with their female kinfolk, exchanging gifts and favors that were smaller, but no less important, than the propery and favors that men exchanged. They gave each other food, clothing, and books, and they relied on each other for help in running households, raising children, and caring for the sick.
A Family Venture: Men and Women on the Southern Frontier by Joan E. Cashin