Laboring women : reproduction and gender in New World slavery (Book, 2004) []
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Laboring women : reproduction and gender in New World slavery

Laboring women : reproduction and gender in New World slavery

Author: Jennifer L Morgan
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2004.
Series: Early American studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
Overview: When black women were brought from Africa to the New World as slave laborers, their value was determined by their ability to work as well as their potential to bear children, who by law would become the enslaved property of the mother's master. In Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery, Jennifer L. Morgan examines for the first time how African women's labor in both senses became  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morgan, Jennifer L. (Jennifer Lyle).
Laboring women.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2004
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer L Morgan
ISBN: 0812237781 9780812237788 0812218736 9780812218732
OCLC Number: 53485319
Description: 279 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations --
Note on sources --
Introduction --
1: Some could suckle over their shoulder: male travelers, female bodies, and the gendering of racial ideology --
2: Number of women doeth much disparayes the whole cargoe: trans-Atlantic slave trade and west African gender roles --
3: Breedings shall goe with their mothers: gender and evolving practices of slaveownership in the English American colonies --
4: Hannah and hir children: reproduction and creolization among enslaved women --
5: Women's sweat: gender and agricultural labor in the Atlantic world --
6: Deluders and seducers of each other: gender and the changing nature of resistance --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index --
Series Title: Early American studies.
Responsibility: Jennifer L. Morgan.
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Challenging conventional wisdom, Morgan reveals how expectations regarding gender and reproduction were central to racial ideologies, the organization of slave labour, and the nature of slave  Read more...


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