BOOK REVIEWS Chains of Love: Slave Couples in Antebellum South Carolina. By Emily West. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004. Pp. x, 184. Cloth, $30.00.) Chains of Love examines slave couples and their marital relationships in antebellum South Carolina. Emily West describes the culture of courtship among slaves. She argues that these slave couples had a close, loving bond in spite of their enslavement, and that slaves' marital bonds were more important than any others held in the slave community. West asserts that these marriages served as havens, giving them strength, support, and psychological solace from their hostile environment. Chapter 1, ``Courtship and Marriage,'' examines the impact that West African and English culture had on shaping slave courtship and marriage in the U.S. South. West reconstructs the pattern of slave courtship and marriage rituals in South Carolina, revealing how their relationships were characterized by genuine bonds of love and support for each other. In Chapter 2, ``Family Life,'' West explains how slave couples sought to have autonomous family lives complete with love, affection, and stability. She describes the disharmony emanating from ``rocky, tempestuous'' marriages (6061), usually as a result of forced marriages arranged by masters. This chapter examines
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