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'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part: Love and Marriage in African America
Contributor(s): Foster, Frances Smith (Author)

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ISBN: 0195328523     ISBN-13: 9780195328523
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
OUR PRICE: $44.64  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2010
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Social Science | Slavery
- Social Science | Sociology - Marriage & Family
- History | United States - 19th Century
Dewey: 305.896
LCCN: 2009023899
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 5.8" W x 8.3" L (0.80 lbs) 224 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Topical - Black History
- Topical - Family
- Chronological Period - 19th Century
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Index, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 11/30/2009 pg. 38
Choice 12/01/2010
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Publisher Description:
Conventional wisdom tells us that marriage was illegal for African Americans during the antebellum era, and that if people married at all, their vows were tenuous ones: until death or distance do us part. It is an impression that imbues beliefs about black families to this day. But it's a
perception primarily based on documents produced by abolitionists, the state, or other partisans. It doesn't tell the whole story.

Drawing on a trove of less well-known sources including family histories, folk stories, memoirs, sermons, and especially the fascinating writings from the Afro-Protestant Press, 'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part offers a radically different perspective on antebellum love and family life.

Frances Smith Foster applies the knowledge she's developed over a lifetime of reading and thinking. Advocating both the potency of skepticism and the importance of story-telling, her book shows the way toward a more genuine, more affirmative understanding of African American romance, both then and

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