Black Women’s Fictive Kin Networks and the Sisters in the House

By Hettie V. Williams

African American fictive kinship arose out of a response to the chaos of enslavement. Slavery as an institution marred African family ties and their sense of community once defined by blood ties. The separation of blood kin from their children and families made the reliance on fictive kin a measure of survival. This phrase fictive…

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Dr. Hettie V. Williams

Dr. Hettie V. Williams

Hettie V. Williams is currently an Associate Professor of African American History at Monmouth University. She is the author/editor of five books.