Critique

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Critique of a journal article: The Black Family during Slavery: Addressing Stereotypes Restoring Truth In the article “ The Black Family during Slavery”, the author Verene Shepherd put into context the black family during slavery and tries to lay to rest some of the myths that still exist to this day about the black man and woman of slavery. In doing this she explore two schools of research into enslave people’s family, these are: the structuralist and class theorist. The structuralist believes that the system of slavery constraints cultural expressions including family formation. This means that slaves were unable to maintain proper familial structure base on their very way of life, because they were restricted to what their owners would permit. The class theorist argues that slavery allows those enslave some autonomy in constructing kinship and other forms of culture. It means then that this system allows slave to explore other cultures and choose their own partner and also develop familiar familial structures similar to present day realities. Shepherd posits that the stereotypes that were created about black families during slavery are to be cleared up because these were not the truth. She then tries to present the points that were not considered by the structuralist. To extricate the points that were presented, shepherd present research evidence that contradicts the structuralist arguments about black family’s and how they exist during slavery. These are: * The existence of black families under slavery despite the stresses that exist in their formation. * They were given some autonomy to choose their partners, although some owners tried to make matches. * There is evidence that nuclear families did exist and that families were not predominantly matrifocal. * That enslave women were not the promiscuous and irresponsible mothers as

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