Women and Slavery, Volume One


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Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands; Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller Introduction; George Michael La Rue A Love Triangle in Cairo: A Generation of African Slave Women in Egypt, from c. 1820 to the Plague Epidemic of 1834-35; Timothy Fernyhough Women, Gender History, and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Ethiopia; Richard B. Allen Free Women of Color and the Socioeconomic Marginality in Mauritius, 1767-1830; Gwyn Campbell Female Bondage in Imperial Madagascar, 1820-95; Katrin Bromber Mjakazi, Mpambe, Mjoli, Suria - Female Slaves in Swahili Sources; Jan-Georg Deutsch Female Slave Prices and Changes in the Life Cycle of Female Slaves. Some Evidence from German East Africa; Fred Morton Female Inboekelinge in the South African Republic, 1850-80; Elizabeth Grzymala Jordon "It All Comes Out in the Wash": Engendering Archaeological Interpretations of Slavery; Sharifa Ahjum The Law of the (White) Father: Psychoanalysis, "Paternalism," and the Historiography of Slave Women at the Cape of Good Hope; Philip J. Havlik From Pariahs to Patriots: Women Slavers in Nineteenth-Century "Portugese" Guinea; Richard Roberts Women, Household Instability, and the End of Slavery in Banamba and Gumbu, French Soudan, 1905-1912.; Martin A. Klein Sex, Power and Family Life in the Harem: A Comparative Study; Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch Women, Marriage, and Slavery in Africa South of the Sahara during the Nineteenth Century; Paul E. Lovejoy The Sahara-Atlantic Divide, or How Women Fit into the Slave Trade.

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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 "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.

Women and Slavery presents papers developed from an international conference organized by Gwyn Campbell.

Volume 1 Contributors
Sharifa Ahjum
Richard B. Allen
Katrin Bromber
Gwyn Campbell
Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch
Jan-Georg Deutsch
Timothy Fernyhough
Philip J. Havik
Elizabeth Grzymala Jordan
Martin A. Klein
George Michael La Rue
Paul E. Lovejoy
Fred Morton
Richard Roberts
Kirsten A. Seaver


"I believe these essays have an audience among anyone interested not only in the intersecting histories of slavery and women, but also those who are intrigued more generally by the historian's craft." - Susan E. O'Donovan, coeditor of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 and the author of Slavery's Legacies: Becoming Free in the Cotton South, (forthcoming).

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