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Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History

Gregory D. Smithers


For over two centuries, the topic of slave breeding has occupied a controversial place in the master narrative of American history. From nineteenth-century abolitionists to twentieth-century filmmakers and artists, Americans have debated whether slave owners deliberately and coercively manipulated the sexual practices and marital status of enslaved African Americans to reproduce new generations of slaves for profit. In this bold and provocative book, historian Gregory Smithers investigates how African Americans have narrated, remembered, and represented slave-breeding practices. He argues that ... More

Keywords: Slave breeding, sex, violence, memory, African Americans, American history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813042381
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory D. Smithers, author