Family Life in Slavery:
"Our Folks"

For slaves, the family represented the center of society and the wellspring of culture. Slaves understood kinship in terms of their obligations to one another, not to their owners. Their connection to fellow slaves - as husband and wife, parent and child, and uncles, aunts, and cousins - affirmed the humanity that slavery sought to deny and provided a basis for opposition to the master's rule. (Remembering Slavery, the book: chapter 3, page 121)

Louis Gossett Jr, reading the words of Frank Bell
Laura Smalley