Genovese aims on the fact that slavery helped slaves develop their own system of family and cultural values within the southern paternalistic slave society. Despite this radical idea, Genovese fails to prove to the readers in a concrete way her idea of unity. Her points are really not clear and she does not focus on a specific time era or a specific location (i.e. Upper or Lower South). It is true that slavery created a bonding between African Americans in the south since they all had this one thing in common but a feeling of a nuclear family between slaves was totally destroyed by slavery in the south.
Dunaway shows sufficient evidence in her paper to support the idea that slavery destroyed black families in the south. When slaves arrived in the U.S. they were separated and ended up working in different places. Those who were born in the states were most of the times victim of the internal slave trade in which slave owners constantly sold their slaves. With Eli Whitney 's invention of the cotton gin there was a mass migration of slaves from the upper south to
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