Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century. Tera W. Hunter.

Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century

Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, February 2019. Paper Back. New. Item #205322
ISBN: 0674237455

Winner of the Stone Book Award from the Museum of African American History

Winner of the Mary Nickliss Prize

Finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

Americans have long viewed marriage between a white man and a white woman as a sacred union. But marriages between African Americans have seldom been treated with the same reverence. This discriminatory legacy traces back to centuries of slavery, when the overwhelming majority of black married couples were bound in servitude as well as wedlock. Though their unions were not legally recognized, slaves often married, fully aware that their marital bonds would be sustained or nullified according to the whims of their masters.

Bound in Wedlock is the first comprehensive history of African American marriage in the nineteenth century. Drawing from plantation records, legal documents, and personal family documents, it reveals the many ways enslaved couples upended white Christian ideas of marriage.

"A remarkable book...Hunter has harvested stories of human resilience from the cruelest of soils. Bound in Wedlock is an impeccably crafted testament to the African-Americans whose ingenuity, steadfast love and hard-nosed determination protected black family life under the most trying of circumstances."

--Wall Street Journal

"In this brilliantly researched book, Hunter examines the experiences of slave marriages as well as the marriages of free blacks."



Hunter will be signing at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on the 24th of February, and your book will ship shortly after that.

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Price: $19.95

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