Women and Slavery

TitleWomen and Slavery
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsCampbell, Gwyn, Suzanne Miers, and John C. Miller
Number of Pages392; 312
PublisherOhio University Press
CityAthens, OH

Women and Slavery focuses 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. 

Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic
Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic

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