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Slavery and the Making of AmericaPhoto of a slave family on a plantation in Georgia
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

The Slave Experience: Family
Intro Historical Overview Character Spotlight All in the Family Personal Narratives Original Docs
Introduction The Family
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All in the Family Illustration of slave buyer separating family
How did enslaved parents try to make life better for their children? What impact did changing agricultural interests have on the slave family? Who did slaves marry? Who did they depend on for support? How did enslaved spouses, parents, and children cope with the constant threat of separation?
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The Carter family included both free and enslaved members. Their racial identities covered a spectrum from black to white. Learn how the make-up of the family changed over time. Illustration of slave buyer separating family
Personal Narratives Illustration from the book NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF HENRY BIBB, AN AMERICAN SLAVE
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Photo of actor portraying Emmanuel Driggus Character Spotlight: Emmanuel Driggus

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Around 1640, Virginian planter Captain Pott purchased Emmanuel Driggus and his wife, Frances, as slaves. Pott then contracted their two adopted daughters into service. Read more!
Learn about Henry Bibb and the family lives of other slaves by investigating documents dating from the Colonial, Antebellum, and Reconstruction periods of American history.
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