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Author King, Wilma, 1942-

Title Stolen childhood : slave youth in nineteenth-century America / Wilma King.

Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1997.

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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 253 pages) : illustrations.
Series Blacks in the diaspora
Blacks in the diaspora.
Note Originally published by Indiana University Press in 1995.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-246) and index.
Summary Wilma King sheds light on a long-overlooked aspect of slavery in the United States - the wretched lives of the millions of young people enslaved in the nineteenth-century South. A substantial body of scholarship examines the history of U.S. slavery, but it has not focused on these children and their place in enslaved families and the slave community. Wilma King argues that childhood was stolen from these youngsters - they were forced into the workplace at an early age, subjected to arbitrary plantation authority and punishment, and were separated from family. For this exhaustive study, King draws on a wide range of sources, including government records and many unpublished archival materials. This volume tells the story of these children and youth, adding their experience to the history of slavery in the United States.
Contents Slave children and youth in the family and community -- The world of work -- Play and leisure -- Temporal and spiritual education -- The traumas and tragedies of slave children and youth -- The quest for freedom -- The transition from slavery to freedom.
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Subject Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Child slaves -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
African American families -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States.
United States -- History -- 19th century.
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: King, Wilma, 1942- Stolen childhood. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1997 0253211867 (DLC) 94049163 (OCoLC)31867417
ISBN 0585245002 (electronic bk.)
9780585245003 (electronic bk.)