Women and Slavery, Volume Two: The Modern Atlantic

Women and Slavery, Volume Two: The Modern Atlantic

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Women and Slavery, Volume Two: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell

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 who—as these two volumes reveal—probably 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 whites—as “scheming Jezebels,” ample and devoted “mammies,” or suffering victims of white male brutality and sexual abuse—that 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 Old—concealed 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821417256
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2007
Edition description: 1
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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
Preface     xiii
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
Contributors     313
Index     319

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