qWilliam and Alice's [Timmons] plea on behalf of personal and familial identity reflects broad social and historical issues that frame this study of family in the transition from slavery to freedom in the United States. Emancipation and the citizenship that followed conferred upon former slaves the right to family. Family relationships were sanctiond, recognized, and regulated by the law of domestic relations that governed the families of all citizens of the country. What did the acquisition of legal familial status mean to former slaves, personally and socially? How actively did former slaves pursue legal status? Were their lives changed as individuals, as members of families, and within a broader social context? Among the many rights that citizenship conferred, did former slaves also envision the right to family? Because the Civil War pension system presents the family at the intersection of the personal and the political, it offers a fascinating source of documentation bearing on these questions. ....q -- pref.... 131, 132 Harrison, Brum, 129 Harrison, William Henry, 151 Haynes, Anthony, 174 Haynes, Evans, 173-75, 176 Haynes, T. F, 176 Haynes, Thomas, 174 Hodes, Martha, 122 Holbert, Clayton, 68 Holden, Peter, 145-46 Holden, Rachel, 145-46 anbsp;...
|Author||:||Elizabeth Ann Regosin|
|Publisher||:||University of Virginia Press - 2002|