The Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North America

TitleThe Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North America
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSnyder, Terri L.
Number of Pages254
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
City, CountryChicago
Abstract

Acts of suicide by enslaved people carried significant cultural, legal, and political implications in the emerging slave societies of British America and, later, the United States. This study featuresĀ a wide range of evidence from ship logs and surgeon's journals, legal and legislative records, newspapers, periodicals, novels, and plays, abolitionist print and slave narratives in order to consider the intimate circumstances, cultural meanings, and political consequences of enslaved peoples' acts of self-destruction in the context of early American slavery. [UNC Libraries]

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