Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (Early American Studies)

October 31, 2020
Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (Early American Studies)

When black women were brought from Africa to the New World asslave laborers, their value was determined by their ability to workas well as their potential to bear children, who by law wouldbecome the enslaved property of the mother's master. In LaboringWomen: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery, Jennifer L.Morgan examines for the first time how African women's labor inboth senses became intertwined in the English colonies. Beginningwith the ideological foundations of racial slavery in early modernEurope, Laboring Women traverses the Atlantic, exploring the socialand cultural lives of women in West Africa, slaveowners'expectations for reproductive labor, and women's lives as workersand mothers under colonial slavery.