"To the Honorable": Divorce, Alimony, Slavery, and the Law in Antebellum North Carolina

April 2009
North Carolina Historical Review;Apr2009, Vol. 86 Issue 2, p127
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The article presents an analysis of divorces and legal separations that related to race and slavery during the antebellum era in North Carolina. It offers an overview of divorce proceedings during the period wherein slave men and women were forced to side with the head of household in marital tensions and other domestic struggles between their male and female masters for their protection. It also notes that the difficulty of white women to leave bad marriages illustrates the intricacies of interactions between men and women during the era.


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