MHS Calendar of Events
Turning Points in American History
10 June 2016 to 25 February 2017 Details
Rescheduled from February 13, 2014.
This paper discusses various ways in which the everyday realities of slavery shaped gender relations in Afro-New England families. While the structure of slave families in the region was unusually matrifocal, these families nonetheless exhibited a number of patriarchal tendencies. Enslaved African families in New England therefore complicate the assumption of much scholarship that the structure of slave families defined their normative values.close