Inside the great house: planter family life in eighteenth-century Chesapeake society

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Inside the Great House explores the nature of family life and kinship in planter households of the Chesapeake during the eighteenth century--a pivotal era in the history of the American family. Drawing on a wide assortment of personal documents--among them wills, inventories, diaries, family letters, memoirs, and autobiographies--as well as on the insights of such disciplines as psychology, demography, and anthropology, Daniel Blake Smith examines family values and behavior in a plantation society. Focusing on the emotional texture of the household, he probes deeply into personal values and relationships within the family and the surrounding circle of kin. Childrearing practices, male-female relationships, attitudes toward courtship and marriage, father-son ties, the character and influence of kinship, familial responses to illness and death, and the importance of inheritance--all receive extended treatment. A striking pattern of change emerges from this mosaic of life in the colonial South. What had once been a patriarchal, authoritarian, and emotionally restrained family environment altered profoundly during the latter half of the eighteenth century. The personal documents cited by Smith clearly point to the development after 1750 of a more intimate, child-centered family life characterized by close emotional bonds and by growing autonomy--especially for sons--in matters of marriage and career choice. Well-to-do planter families inculcated in their children a strong measure of selfconfidence and independence, as well as an abiding affection for their family society. Smith shows that Americans in the North as well as in the South were developing an altered view of the family and the world beyond it--a perspective which emphasized a warm and autonomous existence. This fascinating study will convince its readers that the history of the American family is intimately connected with the dramatic changes in the lives of these planter families of the eighteenth-century Chesapeake.

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subject_facet Anne Arundel County Historic Preservation Research Library, Family -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- History -- 18th century, Family -- Chesapeake Bay region -- History -- 18th century, Kuethe Historical and Genealogical Library - G, Maryland -- History, Maryland -- History -- Colonial Period, Plantation life -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- History -- 18th century, Plantation life -- Chesapeake Bay region -- History -- 18th century, Virginia -- History
title_display Inside the great house : planter family life in eighteenth-century Chesapeake society
title_full Inside the great house : planter family life in eighteenth-century Chesapeake society / Daniel Blake Smith, Inside the great house [Joan Cass Beck Collection] : planter family life in eighteenth-century Chesapeake society / Daniel Blake Smith, Inside the great house [Kuethe] : planter family life in eighteenth-century Chesapeake society / Daniel Blake Smith
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title_sub planter family life in eighteenth-century Chesapeake society
topic_facet Colonial Period, Family, History, Plantation life