In this groundbreaking collection, editors Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris place sexuality at the center of slavery studies in the Americas (the United States, the Caribbean, and South America). While scholars have marginalized or simply overlooked the importance of sexual practices in most mainstream studies of slavery, Berry and Harris argue here that sexual intimacy constituted a core terrain of struggle between slaveholders and the enslaved. These essays explore consensual sexual intimacy and expression within slave communities, as well as sexual relationships across lines of race, status, and power. Contributors explore sexuality as a tool of control, exploitation, and repression and as an expression of autonomy, resistance, and defiance.
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This publication is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Hodge Foundation in memory of its founder, Sarah Mills Hodge, who devoted her life to the relief and education of African Americans in Savannah, Georgia.
Chapter 7 was originally published, in somewhat different form, as the article “The Sexual Abuse of Black Men under American Slavery,” by Thomas A. Foster, in Journal of the History of Sexuality 20, no. 3 (2011): 445–64. Copyright © 2011 by the University of Texas Press. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Chapter 9 was originally published, in somewhat different form, as “What’s Love Got to Do with It? Concubinage and Enslaved Black Women and Girls in the Antebellum South,” by Brenda E. Stevenson, Journal of African American History 98, no. 1 (2013): 99–125. Used with the permission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, www.asalh.org.
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