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Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South / Edition 1
     

Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South / Edition 1

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by Stephanie M. H. Camp
 

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ISBN-10: 0807855340

ISBN-13: 9780807855348

Pub. Date: 09/13/2004

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Recent scholarship on slavery has explored the lives of enslaved people beyond the watchful eye of their masters. Building on this work and the study of space, social relations, gender, and power in the Old South, Stephanie Camp examines the everyday containment and movement of enslaved men and, especially, enslaved women. In her investigation of the movement of

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Recent scholarship on slavery has explored the lives of enslaved people beyond the watchful eye of their masters. Building on this work and the study of space, social relations, gender, and power in the Old South, Stephanie Camp examines the everyday containment and movement of enslaved men and, especially, enslaved women. In her investigation of the movement of bodies, objects, and information, Camp extends our recognition of slave resistance into new arenas and reveals an important and hidden culture of opposition.

Camp discusses the multiple dimensions to acts of resistance that might otherwise appear to be little more than fits of temper. She brings new depth to our understanding of the lives of enslaved women, whose bodies and homes were inevitably political arenas. Through Camp's insight, truancy becomes an act of pursuing personal privacy. Illegal parties ("frolics") become an expression of bodily freedom. And bondwomen who acquired printed abolitionist materials and posted them on the walls of their slave cabins (even if they could not read them) become the subtle agitators who inspire more overt acts.

The culture of opposition created by enslaved women's acts of everyday resistance helped foment and sustain the more visible resistance of men in their individual acts of running away and in the collective action of slave revolts. Ultimately, Camp argues, the Civil War years saw revolutionary change that had been in the making for decades.

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ISBN-13:
9780807855348
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/13/2004
Series:
Gender and American Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
246,716
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.54(d)

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Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great explanation and exploration of how individuals used their bodies as vehicles of resistance. In addition, Dr. Camp explores how the role of the body and its useage in the development of culture, despite its oppresion by slave-owners.