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HOME-GROWN SLAVES: Women, Reproduction, and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, Jamaica 1788-1807

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Turner,Sasha (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Fall2011
ISBN:
1042-7961
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Jamaica, Sugar industry, Women, Social conditions, Slavery, Slaves, Sugar plantations, Sexual behavior
Notes:
Examines changes in enslaved women's working lives as planters sought to increase birth rates to replenish declining laboring populations. Establishes that enslaved women in Jamaica experienced a considerable shift in their work responsibilities and their subjection to discipline as slaveholders sought to capitalize on their abilities to reproduce. Enslaved women's reproductive capabilities were pivotal for slavery and the plantation economy's survival once legal supplies from Africa were discontinued.