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My Brother Slaves"Friendship, Masculinity, and Resistance in the Antebellum South"$
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Sergio A. Lussana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166940

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166940.001.0001

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Enslaved Men and Leisure

Enslaved Men and Leisure

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My Brother Slaves
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Sergio A. Lussana

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166940.003.0003

This chapter explores the leisure time of enslaved men. Not only did men spend this time with their families and loved ones, they socialized with other men by drinking, gambling, and wrestling. In these homosocial spaces, men reinforced certain gender, age, and status roles. Through these activities, enslaved men fostered homosocial solidarity and reaffirmed friendships. Slaveholding mastery in the antebellum South depended on the domination and control of the slave body. By drinking and wrestling, enslaved men challenged the hegemony of the slave owner. In the process they “reclaimed” their bodies from the symbolic and economic imperatives of slavery. The chapter emphasizes how the male slave body served as a profoundly personal and political site of resistance.

Keywords:   Slavery, Recreation, Drinking, Wrestling, Gambling

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