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 \u201cscheming Jezebels,\u201d ample and devoted \u201cmammies,\u201d 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 \u201cwives\u201d and \u201cnieces,\u201d 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.
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.
The Americas; Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller Introduction; Mariza de Carvalho Soares Gender and Power among African Catholics in Colonial Brazil; Myriam Cottias Gender and Republican Citizenship in the French West Indies, 1848-1945; Bernard Moitt Freedom from Bondage at a Price: Women and Redemption from Slavery in the French Caribbean in the Nineteenth Century; Laurence Brown and Tara Inniss The Slave Family in the Transition to Freedom: Barbados, 1834-41; Kenneth Morgan Slave Women and Reproduction in Jamaica, c. 1776-1834; Henrice Altink Deviant and Dangerous: Proslavery Representations of Jamaican Slave Women's Sexuality, c. 1780-1834; Richard Follett "Lives of Living Death": The Reproductive Lives of Slave Women in the Cane World of Louisiana; Barbara Krauthamer A Particular Kind of Freedom: Black Women, Slavery, Kinship, and Freedom in the American Southeast; Laura Edwards Enslaved Women and the Law: Paradoxes of Subordination in the Post-Revolutionary Carolinas; Felipe Smith The "Condition of the Mother": The Legacy of Slavery in African American Literature of the Jim Crow Era; Claire Robertson and Marsha Robinson (Re)Modeling Slavery as if Women Matter/ed; Joseph C. Miller Domiciled and Domesticated: Slaving as a History of Women.