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Jemmott, Jenny M.: Ties That Bind: The Black Family in Post-Slavery Jamaica, 1834-1882.

Jemmott, Jenny M. Ties That Bind: The Black Family in Post-Slavery Jamaica, 1834-1882. Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2015, pp.273, ISBN: 978-976-640-506-9.

This book assesses the relationships and interactions within Black family networks in the landscape of post-enslavement Jamaica addressing issues that were intrinsic to the freed people's notion of family well-being, including the need to reconstitute members separated by enslavement, attainment of secure shelter, access to land and education for their children, assertion of parental control, autonomy over family labor and liberty, and reclaiming the dignity and personhood of family members. The book is replete with cases of Black mothers and fathers, who by dint of their own persistence and sacrifice ensured that their children had access to health care and education, thereby challenging contemporary stereotyping of Black parents as irresponsible and neglectful.

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Date:Jun 1, 2015
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