By Gregory D. Smithers
“A thought-provoking piece of scholarship that sheds gentle at the advanced historical past of slave breeding in the USA. Smithers’s ebook can be hotly debated within the profession.”—Michael L. Ondaatje, collage of Newcastle, Australia
“As enticing because it is compelling, daring, and eye-catching, Smithers’s Slave Breeding pulls the reader via its pages with heart-wrenching exposition of the darkish and unpleasant bankruptcy of what may perhaps rightly be characterised because the sexual zeitgeist of yank nationwide history.”—Tunde Adeleke, Iowa country University
For over centuries, the subject of slave breeding has occupied a debatable position within the grasp narrative of yank historical past. From nineteenth-century abolitionists to twentieth-century filmmakers and artists, american citizens have debated no matter if slave vendors intentionally and coercively manipulated the sexual practices and marital prestige of enslaved African american citizens to breed new generations of slaves for profit.
In this daring and provocative e-book, historian Gregory Smithers investigates how African american citizens have narrated, remembered, and represented slave-breeding practices. He argues that whereas social and fiscal historians have downplayed the importance of slave breeding, African american citizens have refused to omit the violence and sexual coercion linked to the plantation South. via putting African American histories and thoughts of slave breeding in the better context of America’s background of racial and gender discrimination, Smithers sheds much-needed mild on African American collective reminiscence, racialized perceptions of fragile black households, and the lengthy historical past of racially inspired violence opposed to males, ladies, and kids of color.
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