Black History Moment: Tera W. Hunter – historian and author of “Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the 19th Century”

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In order to gain a better understanding of the African American family unit as we currently know it today, we must fully understand the realities and circumstances that formed and molded the African American family unit during key moments in American history.  Today’s black history moment highlights historian and author Tera W. Hunter, as a helpful resource in making that first step towards gaining a better understanding about the African American family.

Tera W. Hunter – Key Facts & Accomplishments
* Princeton University’s Professor of American History and Professor of African American studies, specializing in the 19th & 20th centuries
* Author of “Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century” (published in 2017)
Significance of Tera’s “Bound in Wedlock” book
* Is the first comprehensive history of African American marriage in 19th century America
* Examines how the institution of chattel slavery affected the marriages and family lives of African Americans
Visit the below websites, and/or conduct your own research, to learn more about Tera W. Hunter and the history of African American marriage:
Princeton University’s Department of History: Tera W. Hunter
Harvard University Press: “Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century”

 

The History of Black Marriage
Tera W. Hunter (video): “Slave and Free Black Marriage in the 19th Century”