Loyalty, Family, and Passing in Slavery

Sunday, January 6, 2019: 11:20 AM
Continental A (Hilton Chicago)
Catherine Kerrison, Villanova University
Typically fleeing and passing persons left their families behind forever. This was particularly true of women who lacked the mobility men took for granted. This paper explores questions of loyalty, not between master and slave, but within an enslaved family. How might gender and family loyalty have shaped decisions to remain in slavery, or to flee and pass?