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By Nancy A. Hewitt

This selection of twenty-four unique essays by means of prime students in American women's historical past highlights the newest vital scholarship at the key debates and destiny instructions of this well known and modern field.

• Covers the breadth of yankee Women's historical past, together with the colonial family members, marriage, well-being, sexuality, schooling, immigration, paintings, patron tradition, and feminism.
• Surveys and evaluates the easiest scholarship on each vital period and subject.
• contains extended bibliography of titles to steer additional study.

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To have children under slavery was to open oneself up to the inevitability of loss - through sale or death - and to line the pockets of the very person who violated you. On the other hand, to have children was to stake a claim of ownership. It was to stare down the grim future of enslavement and to imagine something different. In the face of a daily existence marked by death, disease, and despair, it is remarkable that among the many legacies of enslavement are enduring traditions of political culture, religion, healing, and arts.

Geggus, David P. (1993) “Sugar and Coffee Cultivation in Saint Domingue and the Shaping of the Slave Labor Force,” in Ira Berlin and Philip D. ), Cultivation and Culture: Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, pp. 73-100. Gomez, Michael A. (1998) &changing Our Country Marks: 7he Transformation of Afican Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Handler, Jerome S. and Corruccinni, Robert S.

Much has been made of the “matriarchal” origins of West African families. Perhaps more significant for women transported from the Slave Coast would be the experience of having lived, or served, in households headed by male/female pairs who ruled, in tandem, over their lineage. Such was the case for the Fon. Known as the Taninon, the female head’s responsibilities came from her role as intermediary between the living and the ancestors of each Fon lineage. Even a woman “enslaved” by a Slave Coast family could have no doubt as to the potential authority and responsibility of women in Fon society.

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