The literature on women enslaved around the world has grown rapidly in the last ten years, evidencing strong interest in the subject across a range of academic disciplines. Until Women and Slavery, no single collection has focused on female slaves whoas these two volumes revealprobably constituted the considerable majority of those enslaved in Africa, Asia, and Europe over several millennia and who accounted for a greater proportion of the enslaved in the Americas than is customarily acknowledged.
Women enslaved in the Americas came to bear highly gendered reputations among whitesas “scheming Jezebels,” ample and devoted “mammies,” or suffering victims of white male brutality and sexual abusethat revealed more about the psychology of enslaving than about the courage and creativity of the women enslaved. These strong images of modern New World slavery contrast with the equally expressive virtual invisibility of the women enslaved in the Oldconcealed in harems, represented to meddling colonial rulers as “wives” and “nieces,” taken into African families and kin-groups in subtlely nuanced fashion.
Volume 2 Contributors: Henrice Altin,k Laurence Brown, Myriam Cottias, Laura F. Edwards, Richard Follett, Tara Inniss, Barbara Krauthamer, Joseph C. Miller, Bernard Moitt, Kenneth Morgan, Claire Robertson, Marsha Robinson, Felipe Smith, and Mariza de Carvalho Soares.
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About the Author
Gwyn Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University, is the author and editor of many works, includingAbolition and Its Aftermath in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia and An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar.
Suzanne Miers is professor emerita of history at Ohio University. She is the author of Slavery in the Twentieth Century and coeditor of The End of Slavery and other books.
Joseph C. Miller is the T. Cary Johnson, Jr. Professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Kings and Kinsmen, Way of Death, and works on the world history of slavery.
Table of Contents
A Tribute to Suzanne Miers Martin A. Klein Richard Roberts vii
Introduction: Strategies of Women and Constraints of Enslavement in the Modern Americas Gwyn Campbell Suzanne Miers Joseph C. Miller 1
The Reproductive Biology of Sugar Slavery
Slave Women and Reproduction in Jamaica, ca. 1776-1834 Kenneth Morgan 27
Gloomy Melancholy: Sexual Reproduction among Louisiana Slave Women, 1840-60 Richard Follett 54
Women's Initiatives under Slavery
Can Women Guide and Govern Men?: Gendering Politics among African Catholics in Colonial Brazil Mariza de Carvalho Soares 79
A Particular Kind of Freedom: Black Women, Slavery, Kinship, and Freedom in the American Southeast Barbara Krauthamer 100
Enslaved Women and the Law: Paradoxes of Subordination in the Postrevolutionary Carolinas Laura F. Edwards 128
Rebuilding Lives in the Caribbean: Emancipation and Its Aftermath
Pricing Freedom in the French Caribbean: Women, Men, Children, and Redemption from Slavery in the 1840s Bernard Moitt 155
Slave Women, Family Strategies, and the Transition to Freedom in Barbados, 1834-41 Laurence Brown Tara Inniss 172
Free but Minor: Slave Women, Citizenship,Respectability, and Social Antagonism in the French Antilles, 1830-90 Myriam Cottias 186
Representing Women Slaves: Masters' Fantasies and Memories in Fiction
Deviant and Dangerous: Proslavery Representations of Jamaican Slave Women's Sexuality, ca. 1780-1834 Henrice Altink 209
The Condition of the Mother: The Legacy of Slavery in African American Literature of the Jim Crow Era Felipe Smith 231
Historiographical Reflections on Slavery and Women
Re-modeling Slavery as If Women Mattered Claire Robertson Marsha Robinson 253
Domiciled and Dominated: Slaving as a History of Women Joseph C. Miller 284