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More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas (Blacks in the Diaspora)by David B. Gaspar
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. . . enriching reading on the complexity and diversity of women's lives under slavery. . . . its subject is essential to the study of slavery, it offers some excellent remedies for the gaps that undoubtedly plague many reading lists on the topic. -Journal of Economic HistoryThis valuable collection will be read with interest by all students of women's history. -Plantation Society in the AmericasThis book makes an important contribution to our understanding of slave women in the Americas while offering ideas for new research directions. -New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische GidsThis superb collection makes an important contribution to our understanding of slavery. -Times Literary SupplementThis exciting collection demonstrates that 'gendered relations and expectations' means that 'slave women experienced slavery quite differently from slave men.' . . . The volume provides an excellent overview of the growing integration of the history of slavery and women's history, and is admirably suited for course work in those fields. -Choice . . . a much-needed volume on a neglected topic that is of great interest to scholars of women, slavery, and African American history. -Drew FaustThis provocative text is yet another example of the valuable contributions to scholarship that have been made by Dr. Gaspar and Dr. Hine. -The Journal of American History. . . this volume is a first-rate introduction to students . . . -Labor HistoryExploring slavery and slave society through the lives of black women. Gender was a decisive force in shaping slave society. Slave men's experiences differed from those of slave women, who were exploited both in reproductive as well as productive capacities.
"... a much-needed volume on a neglected topic that is of great interest to scholars of women, slavery, and African American history." --Drew Faust
Gender was a decisive force in shaping slave society. Slave men's experiences differed from those of slave women, who were exploited both in reproductive as well as productive capacities. The women did not figure prominently in revolts, because they engaged in less confrontational resistance, emphasizing creative struggle to survive dehumanization and abuse.
The contributors are Hilary Beckles, Barbara Bush, Cheryl Ann Cody, David Barry Gaspar, David P. Geggus, Virginia Meacham Gould, Mary Karasch, Wilma King, Bernard Moitt, Celia E. Naylor-Ojurongbe, Robert A. Olwell, Claire Robertson, Robert W. Slenes, Susan M. Socolow, Richard H. Steckel, and Brenda E. Stevenson.
Gender was a decisive force in slave society. Slave men's experiences differed from those of slave women, who were exploited in both reproductive and productive capacities. They did not figure prominently in revolts because they engaged in less confrontational methods of resistance, emphasizing creative struggle to survive dehumanization and abuse.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -328) and index.
About the Author
DAVID BARRY GASPAR, Professor of History at Duke University, is the author of Bondmen and Rebels. DARLENE CLARK HINE, John A. Hannah Professor of American History at Michigan State University, is the author of several books, including Black Women in White. She is co-editor of Black Women in America.
Table of Contents
Africa and the Americas
1. Africa in to the Americas? Slavery and Women, the Family and the Sexual Division of Labor--Claire Robertson
Life and Labor
2. Women, Work, and Health under Plantation Slavery in the Untied States--Richard H. Steckel
3. Cycles of Work and of Childbearing: Seasonality in Women's Lives on Low Country Plantations--Cheryll Ann Cody
4. Slave Women on the Brazilian Frontier in the Nineteenth Century--Mary Karasch
5. "Loose, idle and Disorderly": Slave Women int he Eighteenth-Century Charleston Marketplace--Robert A. Olwell
6. Black Female Slaves and White Households in Barbados--Hilary Beckles
7. Black Homes, White Homilies: Perceptions of the Slave Family and of Slave Women in Nineteenth-Century Brazil--Robert W. Slenes
8. "Suffer with Them Till Death": Slave Women and Their Children in Nineteenth-Century America--Wilma King
9. Gender Convention, Ideals, and Identity Among Antebellum Virginia Slave Women--Brenda E. Stevenson
Slavery, REsistance, and Freedom
10. Hard Labor: Women, Childbirth and Resistance in British Caribbean Slave Societies--Barbara Bush
11. From "the Sense of their Slavery": Slave Women and Resistance in Antigua, 1632-1763--David Barry Gaspar
12. Slave Women and Resistance in the French Caribbean--Bernard Moitt
13. Slave and Free Colored Women in Saint Domingue--David P. Geggus
14. Economic Roles of the Free Women of Color of Cap Francais--Susan M. Socolow
15. Urban Slavery, Urban Freedom: The Manumission of Jacqueline Lemelle--L. Virginia Gould
Celia E. Naylor-Ojurongbe
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